MENA region, endowed with abundant sunshine, rich oil and gas resources, is amongst the world’s best conditions for CSP. Besides sunshine and fossil fuels, MENA also has plenty of unused flat land close to road networks and transmission grids, which offers great facilities to CSP deployment. With MENA close to Europe where green electricity is valued, CSP has great potential in MENA region not only in satisfying domestic power demand but also in electricity export.
With 160MW Noor I in Morocco estimated to achieve completion in the second season of this year, MENA region will brisk up again! Let’s take a look at Middle East where UAE, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait are the most active members in CSP development: UAE has witnessed the successful operation of Shams 1, and its Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park also contains great potential to develop CSP from 1 GW solar capacities; Saudi Arabia, with its grand goals to realize 25GW of CSP in 2040, is also calling for tenders for its ISCC plant–Duba 1 project. Together with its solar desalination projects, Saudi Arabia surely values solar development; Kuwait has at least 3 CSP projects under development, and 50MW Shagaya CSP project would take the lead to test its feasibility and reliability in this country. When we turn to North Africa, Morocco would definitely be the most outstanding country in solar development. With its MSP to achieve 2GW solar capacities in 2020, and its geographical advantages to become the electricity export to Europe, Morocco is full of chances as Noor I, II, III are the best proof.
CSP Focus just sensed huge business potential in MENA region, deciding to lead Chinese players as well as other international players to this promising desert, we sincerely invite you to join us to kick start of this wonderful journey!
Day 1 Sept. 29 Tue.
- An Overview of MENA Solar Thermal Market • Opportunities in Middle East
- Opportunities in North Africa
- Case Studies from CSP Projects in MENA
Day 2 Sept. 30 Wed.
- How to Make CSP Bankable in MENA
- Alternative Application for Solar Thermal
- International Experience in O & M
- Take a Further Look at Asia
- Technology Breakthroughs Leading CSP Forward