Morocco extends deadline for wind tender

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Morocco extends deadline for wind tender

Morocco's electricity and water utility company (ONEE) has extended the deadline to submit proposals for its 850 MW wind power tender from September 18 to October 30.

In April this year, ONEE shortlisted five teams for the projects. They are the following:

  • Acciona Energia and Acciona Wind Power,
  • EDF Energies Nouvelles with Qatar Electricity and Water Company,Fipar Holding, and Alstom Wind
  • International Company for Water and Power Project (ACWA Power) in cooperation with Gamesa Eolica Sl.
  • Moroccan Nareva Holding, with Enel Green Power and Siemens Wind Power AS.
  • UK's International Power PLC with International Power LTD (UAE) and Vestas France SAS.

The extension was granted to the five pre-qualified bidders to allow them to finish their design, financing, construction, operation and maintenance proposals and submit commercial offers.

The tender includes five projects: the 150 MW Tanger 2 in the northern part of the country, 300 MW at Tiskrad, Laayoune, 200 MW at Jbel Lahdid, Essaouira, 100 MW near Boujdour, and 100 MW at Midelt, some 400 km east of Casablanca. Commissioning of the tender projects is expected between 2017 and 2020.

The projects will be developed on a build, own, operate (BOO) basis through a public private partnership (PPP) model.

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.

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