A consortium led by Enel has won the contract to build five wind farms in Morocco with a capital cost in the region of $1.1bn.
Together the facilities will produce 850 MW of wind power, when completed by the preferred bidder Enel Green –Nareva Holding – Siemens energy consortium, who held off five other bidders to win the right to build the facilities.
The wind farms will be located at the following five sites:
Tangier 2 (Tangier; 100MW)
Tiskrad (Laayoune; 300MW)
Boujdour (Boujdour; 100MW)
Midelt (Midelt; 150MW)
Jbel Lahdid (Essaouira; 200MW)
According to MEED, the project will be developed under a build-own-operate-transfer (BOOT) contract, with the preferred bidder expected to sign a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Office National de l’Electricité et de l’Eau Potable (ONEE).
ONEE had received technical and commercial bids from the five bidders for the five wind farms on 30 October 2015.
Morocco has set a target of 42 per cent of power generation to come from renewable energy sources by 2020. This is scheduled to include a total wind power capacity of about 2,000MW.
Consortium member Siemens has announced it is establishing a factory in Morocco to manufacture rotor blades for onshore wind turbines. The company said construction is to commence as early as the spring of 2016, with the factory aiming to become operational within a year’s time.
The investment is estimated to cost €100m ($110m) and wil create up to 700 jobs. The factory will be catering to what Markus Tacke, CEO of the Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Division, describes as the growing onshore wind power markets in Africa, the Middle East and Europe.
Construction of that new facility is expected to start in spring 2016 and operations will commence in spring 2017. This new factory, once operational, will create 700 employment opportunities and also will help Siemens in strengthening its position in the country.
The Moroccan government has targeted renewables to provide 52 of its power generation by 2030.
The new factory will cover an area of 37,500m², and will be located in Tanger Automotive City, 35km from Tanger Med port, which is centrally situated between Europe and Africa, so is highly suitable for exports to markets in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.