Morocco’s Office National de l’Electricité et de l’Eau Potable (ONEE) will spend MD112.3bn ($13.5bn) improving Morocco’s security of electricity supply over 2013-17. ONEE plans to raise Morocco’s generating capacity by almost 70% by 2017 (to 11.28GW). Of the 4.59GW of new generating capacity to be added, 45% (2.09GW) will be renewable. ONEE recently launched the 160MW Noor-1 solar plant at Ouarzazate and the 150MW Taza wind farm.
ONEE has set aside MD10.1bn ($1.2bn) to expand and improve the transmission grid, MD3.5bn ($420mn) for distribution, and MD4.8bn ($576mn) for rural electrification. ONEE invested MD4.6bn ($552mn) during 2012, on new generating capacity, transmission and distribution grids and rural electrification. Last year saw the commissioning of a 315MW gas turbine plant in Kenitra, which boosted Morocco’s generating capacity to 6.69GW at the end of 2012, up 4.9% on end-2011. (CONTINUED - 525 WORDS)