Morocco launches 850-MW Wind Tender

Morocco’s State-run power company, Office National de l’Electricite (ONE), has invited expressions of interest from companies for five wind energy projects with a total wind power generation capacity of 850 MW. Upon passing the preliminary phase, companies would be invited to bid in an international tender to be launched in the second quarter of 2012. Besides the five projects, the tender also includes a separate project of 200 MW capacity for procurement and maintenance purposes. The wind projects will be realised under a public-private partnership with ONE, the Energy Investment Company and King Hassan Fund, all owned by the State. Morocco aims to increase its wind farm capacity from the current 280 MW to 2,000 MW by 2020 at a total cost of $3.6 billion.

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