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The Moroccan national electricity office (ONE) has awarded the tender for the Taza wind project to a consortium led by EDF Energies Nouvelles and Japan’s Mitsui & Co
The new wind project will be equipped with 50 Alstom wind turbines of 3 MW each and will have a capacity of 150MW, a company statement said.
The project will be located in northern Morocco, to the East of Fès.
“ONE’s decision on the Taza project is also a great opportunity for EDF EN to build a long term partnership with the Kingdom of Morocco and to participate in the creation of renewable projects in a country with high development potential,” said EDF EN New Business Development Executive VP Fabienne Demol.
The company will establish a local unit, EDF EN Maroc, to manage its operations in Morocco. This local unit along with Mitsui will be responsible for the design, financing, development and construction of the Taza wind project and will operate the facility under a 20 year agreement.
The consortium will also subcontract at least 30 per cent of the construction works to Moroccan companies, EDF said in a statement.
ONE is expected to launch a tender later this year for an additional 850 MW wind power project.