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Morocco sets Jan 15 deadline for power plant bids.

Summary: Morocco's power utility Office National de l'electricite said on Friday it has set Jan. 15, 2009, as the deadline for 17 pre-qualified firms to submit offers to build a 1,320 MW coal-fired power plant.

Morocco's power utility Office National de l'electricite said on Friday it has set Jan. 15, 2009, as the deadline for 17 pre-qualified firms to submit offers to build a 1,320 MW coal-fired power plant.a <p>ONE expects construction work on the 20-billion-dirham plant to begin in June next year, before it comes on-stream in 2012.

The power plant, to be located in the Atlantic coastal city of Safi, will generate 10 billion kilowatts per year, or 27 percent of the North African country's total electricity demand, when it reaches full production capacity in 2014, ONE added.

ONE said it had selected 17 consortiums or firms as prequalified bidders for the project, including U.S.-based AES Corp and CMS Energy Corp , French power group EDF , Portuguese power company EDP , a European consortium led by Spanish group Endesa , and Japan's Mitsubishi International Corporation.

Industry sources familiar with the tender said ONE plans to shortlist three from the 17 pre-qualified bidders, before finally negotiating with one bidder.

The winner would have a licence to finance, design, build, maintain and run the plant, the sources said, adding that ONE has set as one of the conditions that the bidder must have built at least two similar power plants.

Morocco aims to improve access to electricity to help boost its economic growth and the competitiveness of its companies.

ONE also wants to export electricity to Spain and other European countries. It has a power market trading licence in Spain and has doubled the capacity of an interconnector between the two countries to 1400 MW.

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