Spanish renewable energy company Abengoa has signed an extension to its operations and maintenance agreement with the Moroccan Power and Drinking Water Office for the Ain Beni Mathar solar-gas power plant, CTBR reported.
Commissioned in 2010 and covering an area of 160 hectares, the plant generates 10% of the electricity consumed in Morocco.
Ain Beni Mathar is Africa’s first STE plant, generating electricity from a combination of solar power and natural gas, with an installed capacity of 472 MW.
It is the first plant to use Integrated Solar Combined Cycle (ISCC) technology, which first came into commercial operation in 2010.
The contract is worth approximately $68.8m.
Abener Energia SA built the power station in 2010, while Abengoa Solar designed the integrated 20-MW solar park, which uses parabolic trough collectors.
Abener is a unit of Abeinsa, part of the Abengoa group of companies, according to SeeNews.