Fired-up on Morocco

Published: September 30, 2014
Jorf Lasfar CFPP-General view of boilers (May 2014) – in front, the Waste Water Treatment plant ©Tractebel Engineering – C. Vancraeynest

 

Morocco has seen massive social and industrial development and infrastructure improvements leading to a strong, growing energy demand; the completion of Jorf Lasfar CFPP 2 x 350 MW units is just one way Tractebel Engineering as Owners Engineer is helping leading energy players meet the need.

JORF LASFAR CFPP 2 X 350 MW UNITS

The Jorf Lasfar project is a 2 unit (5 & 6) extension of one of Morocco’s most strategic CFPPs for JLEC (Jorf Lasfar Electricity Company), part of TAQA Group. Read more

TWO JOBS DONE IN ONE

An important second part of the OE mission entrusted to Tractebel Engineering was for the technical development, specification and tender process for an extension to the existing equipment of Jorf Lasfar Coal yard and two unloaders at the port facilities. Read more

NEXT UP – ULTRA-SUPERCRITICAL SAFI CFPP!

Along with other recent CFPP projects, Jorf Lasfar provides good return of experience, both for EPC – Daewoo and Tractebel Engineering, who will be moving on shortly to the next big CFPP project in Morocco – 2 x 660 MW SAFI ultra-supercritical CFPP. Read more

MORE POWER TO MOROCCO

Called the “Moroccan Miracle”- due to the vision and organisation of its decision makers, the country, despite financial constraints, continues to realise a huge number of projects – opening doors in CFPP, Renewable Energy, Power System Consulting through to Gas and Desalination. Read more


  • Visit to Jorf Lasfar site ©Tractebel Engineering - A. Davy Visit to Jorf Lasfar site ©Tractebel Engineering - A. Davy
  • Jorf Lasfar CFPP - Turbine room from the overhead crane ©Tractebel Engineering - C. Vancraeynest Jorf Lasfar CFPP - Turbine room from the overhead crane ©Tractebel Engineering - C. Vancraeynest
  • Jorf Lasfar CFPP - Mill A of Unit 6 with coal silo emergency discharging line ©Tractebel Engineering - C.Vancraeynest Jorf Lasfar CFPP - Mill A of Unit 6 with coal silo emergency discharging line ©Tractebel Engineering - C.Vancraeynest

 

JORF LASFAR CFPP 2 x 350 MW UNITS

The Jorf Lasfar project is a 2 unit (5 & 6) extension of one of Morocco’s most strategic CFPPs for JLEC (Jorf Lasfar Electricity Company), part of TAQA Group. COMING FULL CIRCLE The Jorf Lasfar CFPP, located 130 km south west of Casablanca and 15 km south of El Jadida city, was a return to an old CFPP friend for Tractebel Engineering who provided technical assistance as Owner’s Engineer during  the construction of Jorf Lasfar units 1 & 2 in the mid 90’s for national utility O.N.E.  (now O.N.E.E.). The plant has since had units 3 & 4 added. Global energy player TAQA, who took over the plant in 2007 has, to date, grown its power and gas assets in Europe, Africa and the Middle East by acquisition; so the construction of Jorf Lasfar units 5 & 6 was a special challenge. But, in JLEC, the Taqa Group has had the advantage of an experienced technical team that has grown with the CFPP through units 1 to 4 – added to Tractebel Engineering’s own broad CFPP experience. With Mitsui/Daewoo as EPC Contractor, Tractebel Engineering was contracted as Owner’s Engineer to provide technical assistance during the design review, manufacturing, construction and commissioning phases. A CALCULATED APPROACH… Tractebel Engineering’s contract on Jorf Lasfar 5 & 6 was won through international tender, on which it was invited to bid by JLEC on the recommendation of first owners and electricity distributers O.N.E.E.. Against 8 major engineering companies entering technical bids; on a short list of 2 the contract was won on Tractebel Engineering’s attractive, but tightly calculated commercial proposal.

“The presence of a technically experienced client team, who know their power plant well, impacted the cost effective approach that could be taken; taking into account the need to deliver excellence and the economies to be achieved. One of our most experienced site managers stayed permanently on site, integrated with the JLEC team, while key experts visited as needed. We also took advantage of our international spread of competences and put top design review experts from two different Tractebel Engineering centres on the project.” Fréderic Kolen – Project Manager, Tractebel Engineering

 

KEY MILESTONES REACHED Actual works began on site from March 2011 and good progress was made given the challenging project schedule – delivering 2 x 350 MW subcritical CFPP complete with desulphurisation plant in less than 40 months. The successful synchronisation of units 5 & 6 with the Moroccan electrical network (O.N.E.E. network) were achieved at the end of October 2013 and early February 2014 respectively. With full commercial operation of both units achieved and take-over certificates issued in April and June 2014 respectively, the project has been successfully closed within budget – making Jorf Lasfar the biggest PP in the country.


  • Jorf Lasfar CFPP - New stacker in operation ©Tractebel Engineering - C. Vancraeynest Jorf Lasfar CFPP - New stacker in operation ©Tractebel Engineering - C. Vancraeynest
  • Jorf Lasfar CFPP - Unloading of the bottom ash silo (May 2014) ©Tractebel Engineering - C. Vancraeynest Jorf Lasfar CFPP - Unloading of the bottom ash silo (May 2014) ©Tractebel Engineering - C. Vancraeynest

 

TWO JOBS DONE IN ONE

A second part of Tractebel Engineering’s OE mission was for the technical development and specification/tender process for an extension to the existing equipment of Jorf Lasfar coal yard and two unloaders at the port facilities. Jorf Lasfar burns imported coal and optimised feeding of the extended Jorf Lasfar PP was an additional goal for JLEC. Focussed primarily on the upgrade of the conveyor system and unloaders, following the development phase, the EPC contracts for the work went respectively to CHEC (China Harbour Engineering Co.) and Swedish suppliers Cargotec; with French company CdF Ingénierie helping to oversee the installations. As OE, Tractebel Engineering’s scope covered supervision of all additional EPC contracts, including design review, manufacturing inspections and on site assistance to another JLEC team during construction and commissioning.

Although just 500 m away from the new units 5 & 6 the coal terminal extension was followed by another JLEC team during this part of the project realisation with two different EPC contractors. Despite the challenges of working within a fully operational coal yard supplying coal to units 1 – 4, the works went smoothly as well.Claude Vancraeynest – Site Representative, Tractebel Engineering


  • Safi site (August 2014) ©Tractebel Engineering Safi site (August 2014) ©Tractebel Engineering
  • Safi CFPP - Project view Safi CFPP - Project view

 

NEXT UP – ULTRA-SUPERCRITICAL SAFI CFPP!

Following on from Jorf Lasfar, next Owner’s Engineering mission in the wings for Tractebel Engineering is a 2 x 660 MW SAFI ultra-supercritical CFPP for consortium owners NAREVA, GDF SUEZ and MITSUI.

The Safi greenfield CFPP project, utilising ultra-supercritical boiler technology (operating at higher temperature and pressures; achieving higher efficiencies and reducing CO2 output), is expected to begin as soon as financial closing is achieved with Japanese lenders.

As Owner’s Engineer, Tractebel Engineering will be in charge of the design review, the monitoring of Construction, Erection, Commissioning and Testing Activities, the QA/QC, the EPC contract administration and control and the schedule control. Differing from Jorf Lasfar in that Safi CFPP will be almost double the size, on a totally new site, with a much smaller, newly created client team; the Safi project will be supported on-site by a Tractebel Engineering team of up to 30 people (many fresh from ultra-supercritical CFPP projects in Rotterdam and Wilhelmshaven), with Moroccan subcontractors providing the balance.

EPC – Daewoo has already begun its technical preparations in anticipation of the notice to proceed (NTP), and Tractebel Engineering is already assisting the client as needed in answering the EPC’s preliminary questions in preparation for the project to begin later this year. The commercial operation is expected to start in 2017 – with an expected 46 month duration of the mission.

To reinforce the benefits of the project, Tractebel Engineering will also rely on regional partners such as ADI, NOVEC and Bureau Veritas Morocco for part of the services.


  • Mohammedia CFPP - New ash silo for Units 3 & 4 ©Tractebel Engineering Mohammedia CFPP - New ash silo for Units 3 & 4 ©Tractebel Engineering
  • Jorf Lasfar CFPP - Unit 5 and the new CWP house (May 2014) ©Tractebel  Engineering - C. Vancraeynest Jorf Lasfar CFPP - Unit 5 and the new CWP house (May 2014) ©Tractebel Engineering - C. Vancraeynest

 

MORE POWER TO MOROCCO

Called the “Moroccan Miracle”- due to the vision and organisation of its decision makers, the country continues to realise a huge number of projects – opening doors in CFPP, Renewable Energy, Power System Consulting through to Gas and Desalination.

CFPP:This remains an important base energy solution for Morocco.  With projects completing, others starting, and more in the pipeline, Tractebel Engineering’s most current CFPP projects in Morocco include Jorf Lasfar and Safi CFPP, but also, projects for O.N.E.E:

  • Multi-package control and completion of Mohammedia CFPP renovation – 2 x 150 MW units 3-4 (studied by Tractebel in 2001-2005!)
  • Design review and plant optimisation assistance to Chinese EPC – SEPCOIII on Jerada 350 MW CFPP

RENEWABLE ENERGY (RE): Morocco’s energy plans embrace RE, seeking to produce 40% of its energy through wind and solar power – supported by IPP and the EU:  WIND:  Tractebel Engineering is providing IPP bidding phase support to the GDF SUEZ Group for phase 2 of the Onshore Wind Programme in Morocco on 5 sites totaling 850 MW. SOLAR: Morocco is part of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) and EU initiative: Mediterranean Solar Plan for the large scale deployment of solar energy across Southern Mediterranean countries, including Morocco. Within a consortium, Tractebel Engineering has helped create Solar Development Simulation Software – SCANNER

CONSULTANCY:Supporting EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development), and MEMWE initiatives; Tractebel Engineering is involved in 3 high-level consultancy contracts:

  • Assistance to SIE (Société d’Investissements Energétiques) – establishing a Renewable Energy Programme to foster the development of Energy Efficiency and RE investment in Morocco.
  • Support for DEM (Department for Energy and Mines) to assess and facilitate the opening of Morocco’s MV network to private sector investment for RE generation.
  • Technical, social and environmental due diligence in preparation for ERBD co-financing of O.N.E.E.’s final phase of Rural Electrification and smart metering programme.

GAS: Further increasing energy diversity, there is a huge push to develop a complete gas programme: LNG supply, new import terminals, gas pipelines, new CCPPs and fuel-fired PP conversions to gas.

DESALINATION:Sea water desalination is essential to meet Morocco’s need of potable water in coastal areas. Ranked among the top 3 world leaders in desalination, and responsible for many of the world’s largest thermal desalination plants, Tractebel Engineering is able to help develop this sector.

Historic Ties

Since opening an office in Casablanca in 2012, Tractebel Engineering’s historic ties with Morocco have pulled tighter than ever before. We are proud to be associated with the tremendous growth taking place in the country through the efforts of all our clients who continue to count on us to help make a difference.
Patrick Wilmart – (Morocco Responsible) Deputy General Manager, Tractebel Engineering Power & Gas

Key Customers

Since opening a local office, Tractebel Engineering continues to serve an increasing number of old and new customers including: O.N.E.E. (Office National de l’Eau et de l’Electricité), NAREVA (subsidiary of SNI, investment company ) MEMWE (Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water & Environment) TAQA (Abu Dhabi Energy Company), CME (Compagnie Marocaine des Energies), OCP (Office Chérifien des Phosphates, global leaders in phosphate export), AKWA (gas distributor) and SAMIR (oil & petrochemicals).

SAFI CFPP NEWS

Tractebel Engineering has officially been awarded the OE contract by SAFIEC (an IPP consortium composed of GDF SUEZ (France), Mitsui (Japan) and Nareva (Morocco), for the Safi twin 660 MW units CFPP, in Morocco. Safi CFPP is the first coal-fired project in Africa to feature ultra-supercritical technology in which Tractebel Engineering has strong experience and references – www.tractebel-engineering-gdfsuez.com

More information

Fréderic Kolen – Project Manager, Jorf Lasfar CFPP, Tractebel Engineering

Claude Vancraeynest – Site Representative, Jorf Lasfar CFPP, Tractebel Engineering

Patrick Wilmart – Deputy General Manager, Power & Gas, Tractebel Engineering