- Last week Morocco has announced the start of construction of the 300MW Boujdour wind farm in the southern part of the country.
- Project is part of the Nareva Holding – Enel Green Power consortium, associated with Siemens Gamesa Renewables, who won the tender in 2016 for the development, design, financing, construction, operation, and maintenance of a combined 850 MW Integrated Wind Energy Project.
- The project was awarded by the National Office of electricity and drinking water (ONEE)and the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (MASEN).
The wind farm project is the second project out of the five wind farms commissioned under the 850 MW Integrated Wind Energy Project. The others are located in the city of Midelt (180 MW), Jbel Lahdid in Essaouira (200 MW), Tiskrad in Tarfaya (100 MW), and Tangier II (70 MW).
Upon completion, the 850 MW Integrated Wind Energy Project will save Morocco approximately 2,380,000 tons CO2/year, equivalent to the consumption of a city the size of Casablanca, the statement concluded.
In May this year, MASEN announced the awarding of a 800 MW plant worth US 781.5 million to a consortium of France’s EDF Renewables, UAE’s Masdar and Morocco’s Green Energy of Africa. Read more
Morocco is part of a regional expansion in renewables, with plans to generate 52 percent of electricity from solar, wind and hydropower by 2030 from 34 percent currently. Morocco plans to add 6 gigawatts of installed renewables capacity — including solar, wind and hydropower — between 2018 and 2030.
Author: Bryan Groenendaal