ONEE - NOOR ATLAS (EIB-20160665)

  • Morocco
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • European Investment Bank (EIB)
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Project Status
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Bank Risk Rating
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  • Energy
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 154.19 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Currency conversion note:
Bank reported EUR 135 million
Converted using 2018-08-10 exchange rate.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 342.64 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Currency conversion note:
Bank reported EUR 300 million
Converted using 2018-08-10 exchange rate.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ EIB website

Updated in EWS Apr 4, 2022

Disclosed by Bank Aug 10, 2018

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Project Description
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<div class="searchable description offset1" lang="EN">Le projet NOOR ATLAS a pour objectif la construction de jusqu'&agrave; huit centrales solaires photovoltaiques, &agrave; l'est et au sud du royaume du Maroc, totalisant une puissance install&eacute;e de 200MW. L'op&eacute;ration est la seconde phase du &laquo;Programme Solaire Photovoltaique&raquo; mis en &oelig;uvre par l'Office national de l'&eacute;lectricit&eacute; et de l'eau potable (ONEE) pour d&eacute;velopper l'&eacute;nergie solaire dans les territoires recul&eacute;s au Maroc, conform&eacute;ment &agrave; l'objectif du pays d'augmenter la part de l'&eacute;nergie renouvelable jusqu'&agrave; 52% en 2030 et conform&eacute;ment au &laquo;Plan solaire marocain&raquo; (MSP). Le projet est en coh&eacute;rence avec le "Plan d'Action Maroc pour la mise en oeuvre du statut avanc&eacute; (2013-2017)" de l'Union europ&eacute;enne (UE).</div> <div class="searchable objectives offset1" lang="EN"><br /> <div class="searchable description offset1" lang="EN">The NOOR ATLAS project aims to build up to eight solar photovoltaic plants in the east and south of the Kingdom of Morocco, with an installed capacity of 200MW. The operation is the second phase of the "Solar Photovoltaic Program" implemented by the National Office of Electricity and Potable Water (ONEE) to develop solar energy in remote areas in Morocco, in accordance with the country's goal of increasing the share of renewable energy up to 52% in 2030 and in accordance with the "Moroccan Solar Plan" (MSP).&nbsp;The project is consistent with the "Morocco Action Plan for the Implementation of the Advanced Status (2013-2017)" of the&nbsp;European Union (EU).</div> </div>
Investment Description
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Financial Intermediary
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Private Actors Description
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Office National De L'electricite Et De L'eau Potable produces, transmits, and distributes electricity in Morocco. It produces energy through wind parks and hydroelectric power plants. The company was founded in 1963 and is based in Casablanca, Morocco. Office National De L'electricite Et De L'eau Potable operates as a subsidiary of Copropar SA.

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