Ming Yang, Goldwind and Guodian among Moroccan 850MW bidders

MOROCCO: Chinese companies make up five out of the 16 applicants seeking to pre-qualify for 850MW of wind power being tendered under Morocco's Integrated Wind Power Programme.

Ming Yang is among the companies bidding for the Moroccan tender
Ming Yang is among the companies bidding for the Moroccan tender

Chinese turbine manufacturer Goldwind is also present as part of a Portuguese-led syndicate (see table below), as is Clipper Windpower, which is currently up for sale by owner UTC.

The tender, which was launched in January by Moroccan state utility ONE, is for the "development, design, financing, construction, operation and maintenance" of up to 850MW split between five sites, to be completed by 2020.

The regional breakdown is: Tangiers (150MW), Tiskrad (300MW), Boujdour (100MW), Midelt (100MW) and Jbel Lhadid (200MW).*

The projects are to be built on a build, own, operate and transfer basis as public-private partnerships with ONE, the Energy Investment Company and the Hassan II Fund for Economic & Social Development, all state-owned.

The results of the pre-qualification round will be announced in the autumn and the main tender launched by the end of the year, according to ONE. The aim is to procure more renewable energy and also spur the growth of an industrial wind-power sector in Morocco.

Companies Country of origin
EDF Energies Nouvelles/Mitsui/Alstom France/Japan/France
Nareva Holding/Taqa/Enel Green Power/Siemens Morocco/United Arab Emirates/Italy/Germany
International Power-GDF Suez/Vestas UK/Denmark
ACWA Power/Gamesa Saudi Arabia/Spain
China Petroleum Liaohe Equipment Co China
Magtel/Suzlon Spain/India
Ansaldo Energia/Fuhrlander AG/Windreich AG/ABB Italy/Germany/Germany/Switzerland
EDP Renewables/Goldwind Portugal/China
Electrawinds/EFACEC/Lagerwey Belgium/Portugal/Holland
Guodian Power/China Longyuan Power Group China
CECEP Wind Power/Rongxin Power Electronic/
Guangdong Mingyang Wind Power
CNEEC/CHMC/New United Group China
CCWE-AVIC International China
General Electric USA
Acciona/Al Ajial Funds Spain/Morocco
Clipper Wind Power USA

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