Optimization studies sought for Morocco’s Afourer complex

The contract will entail studies to improve, optimize, and integrate, a series of modifications in the design and operation of the complex in pumped storage and conventional hydropower mode, to increase its production and efficiency.

Morocco’s state power and water utility, Office National de l’Electricité et de l’Eau Potable – Branche Electricite (ONEE-BE), invites proposals from qualified consultants by 6 July to undertake a series of studies into the optimization of the operation and evaluation of the potential of the Afourer hydropower complex.

The studies are designed to address technical issues related to the design and operation of the facilities as well as improving the use of water resources and the production and regulation services that can be offered to the national grid in the context of changes in the Moroccan power system. The assignment will require: a diagnosis and analysis to optimize the operation in pumped storage and conventional hydropower mode of the Afourer complex; assessment to optimize Afourer’s conventional hydropower potential; and, an analysis of the auxiliary units of the conventional hydropower plant.

The contracted work is to be financed by the Special Shareholder Fund of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The assignment, which has been estimated to cost €385 000 excluding VAT, is expected to start in 2020 and take approximately 13 months. Details of the assignment are provided in the Terms of Reference, which appear in the Request for Proposals (RFP) and which can be consulted via the tender notice published on the EBRD’s website at www.ebrd.com/work-with-us/procurement/p-pn-200505a.html.

Depending on the availability of funding, the results obtained by the selected consultant and the specific needs of the contracting authority, the mission may be extended beyond its current scope.

For further information concerning tender 9597-RFP-47379 contact: Jalila Lfilali, Head of the Generation Projects Procurement service; Email: j.lfilali@onee.ma; Bouchra Abderrahim, Manager of the Technical Division of the Renewable Operations Department; Email: abderrahim@onee.ma; Tel: +2126 61 44 08 65 and/or Sayouti Hicham, Manager of the department of Quality Control; Email: sayouti@onee.ma; Tel: +2126 78 99 85 91 at the Office National de l’Electricité et l’Eau Potable -Branche Electricité, 71 BD My Slimane Roche Noires, Casablanca; or Jenny Scheffel, Principal, Procurement Specialist, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, One Exchange Square, London EC2A 2JN; Email: scheffej@ebrd.com; Tel: + 44 20 7338 7088.