A consortium made up of Vinci Construction and Andritz Hydro won the bid to construct the Abdelmoumen Dam’s Pump Energy Transfer Station (STEP) in Morocco. With an estimated cost of €284 million by the manufacturer, the infrastructure will allow the production of 350 MW of electricity.
It will have the particularity of allowing the storage of the energy produced in hydraulic form, during hours of low demand. The dam will consist of two water tanks with an individual capacity of 1.2 million cubic meters each, and connected by a pipeline. This technology allows not only to generate energy like ordinary dams, but also to store the energy produced by other power stations, at the hours of surplus production, by using it for pumping water. to one of the basins.
The construction is expected to last 48 months. Its funding was mainly provided by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the European Investment Bank (EIB).