Ain Beni Mathar (ABM) solar thermal power plant project

Project Summary

Approval Date 02 Mar 2005
Signature Date 29 Aug 2005
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2010
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2010
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Power
DAC Sector Code 23630
Commitment U.A 106,742,495.95
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Ain Beni Mathar (ABM) solar thermal power plant project is designed to increase access to electricity through the promotion of renewable energies, with a view to supporting economic growth, rural electrification and the competitiveness of Moroccan companies. The project fits in perfectly with the strategic axes of the national policy. The ABM power plant project promotes the development of new generation activities by ensuring the supply of electricity. It also supports the preservation and development of employment, and reduces the long-term isolation of both regions and rural populations. At the national level, the project should contribute to the modernization of major infrastructure networks and the strengthening of the competitiveness of Moroccan enterprises in the economic field, these two points being two major priorities of the Government. The project comprises nine (9) main components, namely: (A) Electricity power plant; (B) 225/60KV distribution and transmission lines; (C) Substations; (D) Access roads; (E) Procurement of land; (F) Boreholes; (G) Connection to Maghreb-Europe gas pipeline (GME); (H) Environmental and social measures; and (I) Consultancy services.

Project Objectives

The sector goal of the project is to: (i) support the Global Rural Electrification Programme (PERG) launched in 1995 to raise the national electrification rate to 80% by 2010; and (ii) help develop renewable energies to support economic growth and competitiveness of local businesses. The specific objectives are to: (i) secure electricity supply in the country; (ii) diversify energy sources; and (iii) reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the electricity sector.


The main beneficiaries of the project are: the National Office of Electricity (ONE) and its customers, the Morocco Government, National contractors; Population of the project area as well as universities and research institutes.

Participating Organization

African Development Bank
Office National de l'Electricité


IATI identifier 46002-P-MA-FAC-012
Last Update 24 Sep 2022


Contact Details

Name KONATE Ibrahima

Geographic Location

Country Morocco
Coordinates Location Name
33.6667 -2.5 Oriental Region
34.0097 -2.03238 Ain Beni Mathar
34.31 -2.16 Jerada