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Sterling and Wilson bags EPC contract in Morocco

Construction on Phase 1 of Morocco’s Noor Solar plan - Noor PV I programme will commence shortly, Sterling and Wilson has been awarded the EPC contract

Sterling and Wilson has installed PV capacity of more than 1GW with the largest project of 90 MWp in South Africa.
Sterling and Wilson has installed PV capacity of more than 1GW with the largest project of 90 MWp in South Africa.

Mumbai-headquarter solar EPC firm, Sterling and Wilson has signed a contract to construct a 170MW photovoltaic (PV) facility, with a consortium led by ACWA Power in Morocco.

The agreement was signed during a ceremony at COP22 in Marrakech.

The Noor PV I programme will consist of three projects: Noor Ouarzazate IV, with a capacity of around 70MW, Noor Laayoune, 80 MW, and Noor Boujdour, 20MW.

This is the first solar PV phase of the Noor Solar Plan, which has already seen three major concentrated solar power (CSP) projects in Ouarzazate.

Morocco is targeting 52% of its energy generation from renewable sources by 2030.

It’s the only country in North Africa without significant fossil fuel reserves and imports more than 90% of its energy.

Sterling and Wilson has been selected as the EPC contractor for what will be one of the largest Solar PV plants in North Africa.

Once completed, the plant is expected to be operational for 20 years.

“These projects have been won after an intense competitive bidding process”, said Bikesh Ogra, president –renewable and electrical.

He added that: “The success around these projects, which are amongst the much spoken about, in the global fraternity, has been a matter of great pride for us as a group.

“Morocco has been one of our most important target markets and these projects would hopefully enable us to consolidate our positioning for all forthcoming opportunities in the country and the region as a whole.

“The projects will be constructed in strict compliance with the existing environmental and social responsibility legislation in Morocco.”

Construction on Noor PV I will begin shortly and is estimated to take 12 months to complete.

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