Morocco Wind Bids In

Morocco’s state utility ONEE has opened technical bids for the development of 850MW of wind capacity in five locations. Bidders are mainly European power outfits, some with local firms (see table).

The five projects comprise phase-2 of ONEE’s 1GW Integrated Wind Energy Program, intended to help Morocco take its total wind capacity to 2GW by 2020.

Technical bids cover design, financing, construction, operation and maintenance of the projects under build-own-operate-transfer terms and require production facilities be established in Morocco.

The planned wind farms are: 150MW Midelt; 300MW Tiskrad at Tarfaya; 100MW Tangier II; and 100MW Jbel Lahdid at Essaouira and 200MW Boujdour, the latter in Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara (see map MEES, 14 March). ONEE says the phase two wind farms will be completed during 2016-20. ONEE signed a 20-year power purchase agreement for the first phase project – 150MW Taza wind farm – in July 2013. (CONTINUED - 333 WORDS)