Influx and Social Risk Review – Noor Midelt Solar Power Project

The Noor-Midelt Solar Complex Phase II is a Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project in Morocco. Known as Noor Midelt II, it is part of Morocco’s plan to increase its renewable energy capacity and reduce its dependence on fossil fuels. The project, which is financed by the World Bank, combines CSP and photovoltaic (PV) technologies with the capacity to supply constantly even during periods of low solar radiation or at night.

The project is comprised of three plants and has been operational since 2018. The project was constructed 20km north of the town of Midelt in northern Morocco, in the province of Midelt, between the Middle and High Atlas mountains. The project developer was the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN).

Deliverables

Plexus was contracted by the World Bank to perform a social risk and labor influx assessment of the project. To this end, Plexus carried out a desktop review of project documentation, followed by interviews with World Bank and project staff. The review included the project’s Framework Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (FESIA) prepared on behalf of MASEN. The resulting report was addressed to the World Bank and was intended to inform the Bank’s forward monitoring strategy regarding the project.

Outcomes

The review demonstrated that the proponent had a good understanding of the risk of influx. However, given the high expectations for local development, especially employment, equipment and infrastructure, the risk of labor influx was substantial. To this end, the review made specific recommendations for the construction phase, including in relation to monitoring for inflation, planning for the eventual loss of economic activity following construction and in regard to mitigations for social risk management. Consideration was also given to the capacity of the local communities in the vicinity of the project to absorb the influx of labour during the construction stage. This included recommendations on contractor management, ongoing stakeholder engagement, delivery of benefits and establishing a socio-economic monitoring regime.

Client

World Bank

Location

Morocco

Influx and Social Risk Review – Noor Midelt Solar Power Project

Client

World Bank

Location

Morocco

The Noor-Midelt Solar Complex Phase II is a Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project in Morocco. Known as Noor Midelt II, it is part of Morocco’s plan to increase its renewable energy capacity and reduce its dependence on fossil fuels. The project, which is financed by the World Bank, combines CSP and photovoltaic (PV) technologies with the capacity to supply constantly even during periods of low solar radiation or at night.

The project is comprised of three plants and has been operational since 2018. The project was constructed 20km north of the town of Midelt in northern Morocco, in the province of Midelt, between the Middle and High Atlas mountains. The project developer was the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN).

Deliverables

Plexus was contracted by the World Bank to perform a social risk and labor influx assessment of the project. To this end, Plexus carried out a desktop review of project documentation, followed by interviews with World Bank and project staff. The review included the project’s Framework Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (FESIA) prepared on behalf of MASEN. The resulting report was addressed to the World Bank and was intended to inform the Bank’s forward monitoring strategy regarding the project.

Outcomes

The review demonstrated that the proponent had a good understanding of the risk of influx. However, given the high expectations for local development, especially employment, equipment and infrastructure, the risk of labor influx was substantial. To this end, the review made specific recommendations for the construction phase, including in relation to monitoring for inflation, planning for the eventual loss of economic activity following construction and in regard to mitigations for social risk management. Consideration was also given to the capacity of the local communities in the vicinity of the project to absorb the influx of labour during the construction stage. This included recommendations on contractor management, ongoing stakeholder engagement, delivery of benefits and establishing a socio-economic monitoring regime.