Genesis Morocco: Milestone - Morocco Seeks Bids for 850 MW Wind Farm Plan

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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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Milestone - Morocco Seeks Bids for 850 MW Wind Farm Plan

Personal Notes : This is a BIG development in wind energy. In June 2010 ONE announced an Integrated Wind Energy program. The program was launched at the occasion the inauguration of the Tangiers I Wind Park, the largest in Africa and subsequently a Wind Initiative aiming at reaching being 2000MW by 2020 was set in motion. 

Suddenly there's much more substance to it than white papers. You can tell that renewable energy in all its forms has become a top priority for the state as it seeks to cut down its dependency on fossil fuels and the large dent it is making in the country's budget. 

If you couple that with the 2500MW in the pipeline for solar in the same time-frame, Morocco is the De Facto leader in Africa as to the scope and size of its renewable energy strategy. Even better, the 5.5GW planed increase in renewable energy capacity (excluding hydro) position Morocco as a leader internationally and a one of the very first developing countries on the path toward becoming a sustainable green economy. 

The rapid succession of the Solar Program in 2009 and of the Wind Initiative in 2010 have all the hallmarks of success.

The full ONE Integrated Wind Program presentation can be found here (PDF Format)

(Reuters) - Morocco's state-run power utility, ONE, on Friday invited companies to submit expressions of interest in five wind farm projects with a total power generation capacity of 850 megawatts in the energy-importing country.

ONE said will take bids until March 2 from firms or consortia for "the development, design, financing, construction, operation and maintenance" of the five projects.

Bidders who pass the preliminary, expression-of-interest phase will be invited to bid in an international tender, which will be launched in the second quarter of this year.

"The 850 megawatt wind farm project will be structured under a 'build, own, operate and transfer' scheme," ONE said in a statement.

Renewable energy is seen as vital to a country that has no oil or gas of its own and aims to diversify its exports to an energy-hungry trade partner, the European Union. ONE also needs to provide for a domestic electricity demand that grows by an annual 6 percent.

The project will be realized under a public-private partnership with ONE, the Energy Investments Company and King Hassan Fund, all owned by the state.

The tender also includes the separate procurement and maintenance of a 200 megawatt wind farm.

Morocco aims to tap its wind potential to raise power generation from wind farms to 2,000 megawatts by 2020 from 280 megawatts currently at a total cost of 31.5 billion dirhams ($3.6 billion).

"Our studies show that we can generate up to 25,000 megawatts from wind power alone," a government official said.

Morocco has embarked on one of the world's biggest renewable energy development plans involving solar and wind power.

The solar power plan is worth $9 billion in investment and will include five power stations to account for 38 percent of the country's installed power generation capacity by 2020.

Together, the wind and solar energy development schemes should reduce Morocco's annual imports of fossil fuels by 2.5 million tonnes of oil equivalent and prevent emissions of 9 million tonnes of carbon dioxide.

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