Hydrological Study in the Ouarzazate Region

Detailed description of project:

The Kingdom of Morocco has launched the “Morocco Solar Plan”, a comprehensive solar power initiative as part of a wider energy and industrial development strategy. MASEN, the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy, has been charged with the elaboration of this solar plan. Five sites have been projected. One of them is located in the NOOR Complex in Ouarzazate. For the specific requirements of this site during operation (cooling systems, etc.) a raw water supply from the Mansour Eddahbi Dam is foreseen.

To ensure sustainability of the expected project activities, the study assessed the following aspects:

  • Potential negative impacts of the planned raw water supply on the region’s water resources in the long term;
  • Potential conflicts among the various water users in the region;
  • Potential risks to the NOOR solar complex caused by critical situations (e.g. floods, droughts, etc.).

Type of services provided:

  • Assessment of the sites and framework conditions (identification of stakeholders, data collection and analysis, etc.);
  • Assessment of future uses and resulting potential impacts due to a changed water use pattern;
  • Evaluation of the current situation of the Mansour Eddahbi Dam;
  • Assessment of potential impacts on the stakeholders concerned;
  • Optimal management of the water resources (development of a water balance, recommendations of remedial measures to decrease potential risks connected with the water supply).
MASEN (Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy)
BMZ through KfW
09/2014 – 02/2015
Contract value: 80,084 €