• Five groups submitted technical and commercial proposals on 30 October
  • Project will have an estimated total construction cost of $2.1bn
  • Morocco has set a target of 42 per cent of power generation to come from renewable energy sources by 2020

Morocco’s Office National de l’Electricite et de l’Eau Potable (ONEE) has received bids from five groups for the contract to develop five wind farms with a total capacity of 850MW.

The five groups submitted technical and commercial proposals for the wind farms on 30 October. The project will be developed as a build-own-operate-transfer (BOOT) contract, with the client planning to appoint one consortium to develop all five wind farms.

ONEE has begun the technical evaluation, and will open commercial bids once this has been completed.

The five bidders are:

  • Acciona Wind Power (Spain) / Acciona Energia (Spain)
  • EDF Energies Nouvelles (France) / Qatar Electricity & Water Company (Qatar) / Alstom (France)
  • Acwa Power (Saudi Arabia) / Gamesa Eolica (Spain)
  • Nareva Holding (Morocco) / Enel Green Power (Italy) / Siemens (Germany)
  • Engie (formerly GDF Suez; UK/France) / Vestas (Denmark)

The 850MW project is the second phase of Morocco’s Integrated Programme for Wind Energy, launched in 2010. The first phase comprises a 150MW wind farm at Taza, which is due to be commissioned in 2017. The client first received technical bids from bidders in August 2014, however following a number of delays developers submitted fresh technical proposals and commerical bids on 30 October.

Morocco has set a target of 42 per cent of power generation to come from renewable energy sources by 2020. This is scheduled to include a total wind power capacity of about 2,000MW.