NOOR I CSP Project

This page provides information on NOOR I CSP project, a concentrating solar power (CSP) project, with data organized by background, participants, and power plant configuration.

Project Overview

Power Station: NOOR I
Location: Ouarzazate
Drâa-Tafilalet Morocco
Owners (%): ACWA
Technology Parabolic Trough
Solar Resource: 2497
Nominal Capacity: 160 MW
Status Operational
Start Year: 2015

Status Date

Status Date


Break Ground Date 2013
Expected Generation (GWh/year) 370
Lat/Long Location 30.994,-6.863


Developer ACWA
Saudi Arabia
EPC Acciona, Sener, TSK
Electricity Generation Offtaker ONE and MASEN


Total Construction Cost (2015) € 1042.00 million
Total Cost USD (2020) $1214.26 million
Specific Cost/kW USD (2020) $ 7589.1
LCOE USD/kWh (2020) $ 0.28
Levelised cost of electricity with 5% weighted average cost of capital and a 25 year payback period, capacity dependent O&M (1.5% of investment cost per year), deflated from Year_operational using the Worldbank's GDP deflator; if station under development or construction then not deflated (assumed cost year 2020)
Remuneration MAD/kWh 1.62
Remuneration Start Year 2015
Remuneration USD/kWh Deflated (2020) 0.18
PPA or Tariff Period (Years) 25
Support Scheme Type PPA
Concessional Funding or Other Support Loans: €168 million African Development Bank (AfDB); €70 million Clean Technology Fund (CTF)/AfDB; €140 million World Bank; €68 million CTF/World Bank; €100 million EIB; €100 million AFD; €100 million KfW. Grants: €30 million NIF; €266 million MASEN

Plant Configuration

Solar Field

Solar Field Aperture Area (m²) 1308000
Collector/Heliostat Manufacturer Sener
Collector/Heliostat Engineering or IP Owner Sener
Collector/Heliostat Model SenerTrough
Mirror Manufacturer Flabeg
Mirror Model RP3

Solar Field (Receiver)

Receiver Working Fluid Biphenyl/Diphenyl oxide: Dowtherm A
Receiver Working Fluid Category Thermal oil/organics
Working Fluid Manufacturer Dow
Solar Field or Receiver Inlet Temperture (C) 293°C
Solar Field or Receiver Outlet Temperture (C) 393°C
Receiver Manufacturer Schott
Receiver Model PTR 70

Power Block

Nominal Turbine or Power Cycle Capacity 160 MW
Turbine Manufacturer Siemens
Turbine Model  SST- 700/900
Power Cycle Steam Rankine
Cooling Type Wet

Thermal Energy Storage

Storage Type 2-tank indirect
Storage Capacity (Hours) 3
Storage Description Molten Salt

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