First months of operation of the Noor Ouarzazate II plant
Noor Ouarzazate II solar thermal plant in Morocco’s Ouarzazate complex started operating this April. As part of the plant’s turnkey construction consortium, SENER successfully performed the engineering, construction and commissioning of the plant and it is currently supervising the proper operation of the installation for provisional acceptance by the client.
Noor Ouarzazate II has a gross production capacity of 200 MW, with six hours of storage. It uses the SENERtrough® parabolic trough technology, designed and patented by SENER, and more precisely the second generation of these troughs: the SENERtrough®-2 system, with the plant comprising 425 loops.
Last April, the plant synchronized with Morocco’s power grid. After checking the correct operation of the turbine (which is the largest capacity turbine in the world installed in a solar thermal power plant), the equipment was connected to the grid under the supervision of Morocco’s National Electricity Office (ONEE). During this test, the SENERtrough® collectors, the thermal oil systems and the plant’s control system (all designed by SENER) functioned as planned. Since then, Noor Ouarzazate II has been supplying Morocco’s national power grid continuously.