Casablanca, Morocco, April 16, 2012 — The Moroccan national electricity office ONE has selected a consortium of EDF Energies Nouvelles, part of French energy group EDF, and Japanese trader Mitsui & Co is the preferred bidder for a 150-MW wind project.
The consortium will be in charge of the design, financing, development and construction of the Taza wind project and will operate the wind farm for 20 years under a public-private partnership scheme, EDF EN, which leads the consortium, said in a press release today.
The project will include 50 units of 3-MW wind turbines by French Alstom. EDF, Mitsui and Alstom will subcontract Moroccan firms to carry out least 30 percent of the construction works, according to EDF EN.
EDF EN will establish a local unit, EDF EN Maroc, to manage its operations in Morocco.
ONE is expected to launch a tender for 850 MW of wind power capacity this year. Morocco aims to install some 2 GW of wind power capacity and 2 GW of solar power capacity by 2020.