The consortium led by EDF Energies Nouvelles, in partnership with the Japanese group Mitsui & Co., was selected as “preferred bidder” by the Moroccan ONE (Office National d’Electricité) for the wind project Taza, a power of 150 MW.
EDF Energies Nouvelles has also announced the creation of a local subsidiary, EDF EN Morocco, which will drive the Group’s development in Morocco.
Located in northern Morocco, east of Fez, Taza the wind project will be equipped with Alstom’s 50 turbines, each with an output of 3 MW. EDF Energies Nouvelles, Mitsui and Alstom will allocate at least 30% of construction work to subcontractors Moroccan.
The new 150 MW project, launched by the NEB in May 2011 as part of a public-private partnership, will be followed in 2012 by a tendering process involving additional 850 MW of which the procedure pre- qualification is in progress. With the desire to develop conditions of sun and wind very favorable, the Moroccan authorities intend to achieve by 2020 a program of at least 2 GW of wind and 2 GW of solar power.
EDF Energies Nouvelles also opens a subsidiary in Casablanca, Morocco EDF EN, 100% owned by the Group, to spearhead the development of wind and solar activities in the country, in collaboration with the Moroccan authorities and local businesses. EDF EN Morocco and Mitsui will lead the design, financing, development and construction of the wind project Taza. Both companies also provide operations and maintenance of the wind farm as part of an agreement for a period of 20 years.
“We are very pleased to have the chance to achieve this high quality wind project, which will represent the first realization of EDF Energies Nouvelles in Morocco. This demonstrates the capacity of EDF EN in developing local solutions and tailored to meet the needs of public authorities in the field of green electricity generation and industrial integration,” said Fabienne Demol, New Business Director at EDF Energy News. “The decision of the ONE for the wind project Taza is a great opportunity for EDF EN to establish a long term partnership with the Kingdom of Morocco and participate in the implementation of renewable projects in a country with high potential of development.”