Morocco’s Office National de l’Electricite (ONE) has invited bids to dismantle a 50MW wind farm at Koudia al-Baida in Abdelkhalek Torres and replace it with a wind farm with a capacity of 100MW.

The winning bidder will supply and install equipment for the project. France’s Theolia will be the developer of the project having signed an agreement with ONE for the project in May 2011. Bids are to be submitted by 28 September, and will be opened on the same day.

The repowering project is the first phase of a 300MW wind facility planned for Tangier. The first phase will comprise the dismantling of existing wind turbines, the design, supply of materials and equipment, construction, testing, commissioning and maintenance of the wind farm.

The upgrade was originally to be included in Morocco’s 1,000MW wind farm programme. A single developer was to be selected to develop five greenfield wind farms with a combined capacity of 850MW, in addition to extending the Koudia al-Baida project. Morocco has a renewable energy target of 42 per cent of installed capacity by 2020.