Morocco is said to be working towards increasing the country’s wind power generation as the North Africa country is preparing to launch a tender for adding an additional 850MW of wind generation capacity to the national grid, Footprint to Africa reports.
Footprint to Africa gathered that the tender is expected to be launched in the coming weeks and the projects are expected to be commissioned between 2017 and 2019.
ONEE has shortlisted several major groups, which have met the pre-qualification requirements and they include: Spanish Acciona Energia and Acciona Wind Power, France’s EDF Energies Nouvelles with Qatar Electricity and Water Company, Fipar Holding, Alstom Wind as well as the Saudi group International Company for Water and Power Project in cooperation with Gamesa Eolica Sl, UK International Power PLC with International Power LTD (UAE) and Vestas France SAS.
It is also reported that Moroccan Nareva Holding has teamed up with Enel Green Power and Siemens Wind Power AS, who are included in the shortlist. Currently, Morocco has 787MW of installed wind generation capacity, which includes 300MW that came online at the end of 2014.
In December 2014, the Tarfaya Wind Farm, a 50:50 joint venture between the GDF SUEZ and Nareva Holding, reached commercial operation.
The generated clean power is expected to offset 900,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year and will power an estimated 1.5 million households.
The joint venture signed a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement, which will sell generated wind power to ONEE.