Morocco’s state utility ONEE is to tender for five wind projects totalling 850MW. This forms the second phase of an Integrated Program for Wind Energy intended to develop 2GW of wind capacity by 2020 and is the latest move by Rabat to cut its reliance on imported fossil fuels.

ONEE has announced specifications for four wind farms to be developed under the current tender: 150MW at Midelt; 100MW at Tangier; 200MW at Essaouira; and 100MW at Boujdour in Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara (see map). A 300MW wind farm at Tarfaya, also part of this tender, was awarded last year to a 50/50 joint venture of France’s GDF Suez and Morocco’s Nareva. (CONTINUED - 708 WORDS)