Enel Green Power (EGP), in consortium with the Moroccan energy company Nareva Holding and the German wind turbine manufacturer Siemens Wind Power, has been awarded the “preferred bidder status” at the “2nd phase of the wind integrated project” tender held by the Moroccan utility ONEE (Office National de l'Electricité et de l'Eau Potable).
The consortium has been pre-awarded the right to develop, design, finance, construct, operate and maintain five wind projects in Morocco with a total capacity of 850 MW, to be confirmed following the signing of the purchase agreements for the energy generated by the plants. Out of the five projects, Midelt (150 MW), Tanger (100 MW) and Jbel Lahdid (200 MW) are located in northern Morocco while Tiskrad (300 MW) and Boujdour (100 MW) are located in the country’s south.
Francesco Venturini CEO of EGP said:
“This accomplishment demonstrates that our strategy to expand our footprint in Africa is paying off” said . “We are leveraging on our knowledge and expertise, in collaboration with our partners, to contribute to Morocco’s ambitious energy plan that has renewables at its core. The country is an example in North Africa of reliability and transparency in supporting the development of renewable technologies.”
EGP and Nareva will establish and own five special purpose vehicles (SPV) holding the projects. Siemens Wind Power will provide the wind turbines, with several components manufactured locally.
The construction of the five plants will require a total investment of approximately €1 billion. EGP will fund the cost of the project corresponding to its 50% shareholding by a mix of equity and debt, the latter through project finance facilities provided by international financial institutions.
IPP Journla understands that a club of multilateral banks including the African Development Bank, European Investment Bank, European Union and KfW may invest up to €385 million to finance the construction of the wind farms.
The wind farms are expected to be completed and enter operation between 2017 and 2020. In line with the tender rules, the energy generated by the five wind farms will be sold to ONEE under 20 year-power purchase agreements.
Once completed, the five facilities will contribute to meeting Morocco’s growing energy demand and the country’s objective to increase power produced from renewable sources. Renewables currently account for about 32% of the Kingdom of Morocco’s generation mix and the country aims to increase this share to 42% by 2020 and 52% by 2030.
Morocco currently has an installed wind power capacity of 787 MW. Morocco is a regional leader in terms of installed wind power capacity, followed by Egypt with 650 MW and Tunisia with 240 MW.
The latest commissioned project was the 300 MW Tarfaya wind farm, which was developed by a 50/50 joint venture of Nareva Holding and International Power Ltd.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Banque Marocaine du Commerce Exterieur (BMCE) and the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) recently closed financing for the 120 MW Khalladi wind farm in the vicinity of Tangiers, Morocco.