Genesis Morocco: Another Milestone for Genesis, Morocco to upgrade power link with Spain

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Project Genesis is a strategic sustainable development framework for Morocco to translate from being a net importer of energy and a country facing water shortage issues, into the number one producer both of clean renewable energy and water in the region.

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Another Milestone for Genesis, Morocco to upgrade power link with Spain

Mon Nov 9, 2009 6:01pm GMT
By Emma Farge

LONDON (Reuters) - Morocco plans to add 700 MW of capacity on its subsea power cable link with Spain by 2012 and to become a net exporter to Europe by 2014, an energy ministry official said on Monday.

"We are now developing the third line. Capacity now is 1,400 MW and it will reach 2,100 MW in 2012," said Abderrahim El Hafidi, director of electricity and renewable energy in the Moroccan energy ministry.

Morocco currently imports power from its European neighbour but the flow is set to reverse because of large investments in green energy, El Hafidi told Reuters in an interview on the sidelines of a conference designed to promote investment in the kingdom.

"We can produce green electricity in Morocco and from 2014 we have all the interconnection capacity (we need) free for export to Europe."

"This is our new energy strategy for the future."

Last week, the Moroccan government unveiled a 2,000 MW solar energy project worth $9 billion.

Solar, wind and hydropower combined are projected to make up 42 percent of the Moroccan energy mix in 2020, compared with 26 percent today.

Morocco is keen to develop alternative energy sources to cut its reliance on imported oil, which last year cost it a record $9.3 billion.