Moroccan Renewable Plans Have Wind In Their Sails With 2GW Target In Sight

Morocco’s electricity and water utility ONEE has chosen a consortium of Italy’s Enel, local firm Nareva and Germany’s Siemens as the preferred bidder for a second phase of a program which is intended to put 2GW of wind power capacity in place by 2020.

Enel says the consortium has been “pre-awarded the right” to develop, design, finance, construct, operate and maintain wind projects in Morocco with a total capacity of 850MW. The company says the five wind farms will require investment of around €1bn ($1.1bn) “mostly funded through project finance facilities.”

The planned projects are at Tangier in the north (100MW), Midelt in the Sahara (150MW), Jbel Lahdid on the Atlantic coast near the surfing resort of Essaouira (200MW) as well as at Tiskrad (300MW) and Boujdour 100MW Boujdour in Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara. (CONTINUED - 706 WORDS)