Morocco electrifies villages

Morocco`s National Electricity Board has awarded Alstom Entreprise an eight-tranche contract for the Moroccan Total Rural Electrification Programme. The contract will run over a 15 to 20-month period and is worth euro27m. It covers the electrification of 326 villages in northern Morocco in the provinces of Tetuan, Tangier, Oujda, El Hoceima, Taza and Kenitra.

The project is being financed by Japan`s OECF and the French Development Agency. Alstom will manufacture and install 2300 km of power lines including 650 km of medium voltage lines, 67 000 supports and 300 medium and low voltage substations.

• Moroccan power utility ONE has launched a tender for consultants in the construction of a solar-based power plant estimated to cost $200m. The country has received a grant from the Global Environment Facility to help develop the project.