Building Contracts Signed for Jbel Lahdid Wind Farm
Rabat -The National Office of electricity and drinking water (ONEE) and the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (MASEN), signed Thursday in Rabat the Jbel Lahdid Wind Farm building contracts with Morocco’s Nareva Holding and Italy’s Enel Green Power consortium.
The contracts were signed by ONEE Director-General, Abderrahim El Hafidi and the representatives of Nareva holding and Enel Green Power SPA, in the presence of the Minister of Energy, Mining and the Environment, Aziz Rabbah.
The wind farm of Jbel Lahdid, which will have an installed capacity of 270 MW, is located about 25 km north-east of the city of Essaouira. It will require an investment of about 2.8 billion dirhams, according to a press release by the Ministry of Energy,
The Jbel Lahdid wind farm is the third project commissioned under the 850 MW Integrated Wind Energy Project. The other wind projects are located in the city of Midelt (210 MW), Boujdour (300 MW) and Tiskrad in Tarfaya (100 MW).
The 850 MW Integrated Wind Energy Project is an important component of the national energy strategy, whose objective is to reach 52% of installed electrical capacity based on renewable energy by 2030.
The “Nareva Holding – Enel Green Power” consortium, associated with “Siemens Gamesa Renewables”, won the international call for tenders in 2016 for the development, design, financing, construction, operation, and maintenance of the 850 MW Integrated Wind Energy Project.
The 850 MW Integrated Wind Energy Project will save Morocco approximately 2,380,000 tons CO2/year, equivalent to the consumption of a city the size of Casablanca, the ministry concluded.