Since postponing the submission of applications for what will be Algeria's first major solar power sites, the country's authorities have yet to set a new date. On top of this, there are a number of regulatory and financial pitfalls facing potential developers.
The French company, which belongs to the Mulliez family empire, is to build the two biggest photovoltaic power plants in the Noor PV II programme which renewable energy agency Masen has been battling to get under way.
Several solar energy specialists, including Scatec and Engie, are studying the call for tenders that Algeria issued in December. But the project specifications are missing, and the minister for energy transition lacks the clout of his counterpart at the energy ministry, not to mention of Sonatrach and Sonelgaz.
Shortly before becoming prime minister, Aziz Akhannouch launched a major wind power project in Dakhla, Western Sahara. To create this 200MW wind farm, his company Green of Africa, co-owned with the banker Othman Benjelloun, has embarked on an ambitious project with Belgian-Dutch company Windvision.
The ONEE has still not signed the power purchase agreements needed to launch the vast solar power park that EDF Renouvelables has been hired to build for Morocco's sustainable energy agency Masen. Several executives of the French group in charge of the file recently left the firm.
Top Makhzen technocrat and council president of the Casablanca-Settat region, Mustapha Bakkoury, is facing a backlash for his choices as head of the renewable energy agency Masen, a role that had already earned him the wrath of Mohammed VI.
Renewable energy agency Masen, which plans to use private investment to develop a number of PV power stations, is having to deal with ill will on the part of national electricity utility ONEE at a time when its chairman Mustapha Bakkoury is out of favour politically.