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ENGIE, Morocco's NAREVA to build 120MWp solar PV plant in Tunisia

French-Moroccan consortium to develop, design, finance, build, operate and maintain the Gafsa photovoltaic power plant

The Gafsa plant is expected to supply power to more than 100,000 homes per year in Tunisia [representational]
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The Gafsa plant is expected to supply power to more than 100,000 homes per year in Tunisia [representational]

Euronext-listed French electric utility company, ENGIE and Morocco-based NAREVA have won the bi to construct the Gafsa photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Tunisia, with the international tender for the project being launched by the Tunisian Ministry of Mines and Energy and STEG (Société Tunisienne de l’Electricité et du Gaz”).

The French-Moroccan consortium will develop, design, finance, and build the project, as well as operate and maintain (O&M) the 120MWp Gafsa plant over a period of 20 years from commissioning.

According to ENGIE, the project is one of the first solar plants being developed under the independent power producer (IPP) model in Tunisia. It is a part of the North African nation’s development programme for the renewable energy sector, which aims to achieve 30% of the country’s renewable energy production by 2030.

The Gafsa plant is expected to supply power to more than 100,000 homes per year in Tunisia, with the project set to reduce 150,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year.

ENGIE and NAREVA have previously constructed the 300MW Tarfaya wind farm — one of the largest wind parks in Africa — in Morocco.

Speaking about the project, chief executive officer of ENGIE Africa, Yoven Moorooven, said: “Tunisia has engaged in an ambitious plan to build new renewable power generation capacity with an objective to install 3800MW by 2030.”

Meanwhile, chairman and CEO of NAREVA, Saïd Elhadi, said that through the project, the company contributed to the “deployment of the Tunisian Solar Plan, which is a cornerstone of the country’s energy transition policy”.

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