Nine consortia from Spain, the UK, the US, Portugal and Morocco have qualified for a short list to develop two wind farms in Morocco with a combined generating capacity of 200 MW (Windpower Monthly, February 2000). The Moroccan utility, Office National de l'Electricite (ONE), announced the names last month, with final selection not expected until at least October, according to ONE's Aabdaslam Boudlal. Leading the Spanish consortia is the turbine manufacturing arm of Spanish utility Endesa, wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa and utility Union Fenosa. Developers M&N Wind Power (an NEG Micon joint venture with Nichimen of Japan) and National Wind Power lead UK groups, while SeaWest Wind Power heads the US team. Also in the running are a Portuguese/German group lead by utility EDP of Portugal, a German/Danish group with turbine maker Nordex, and the Moroccan Oismina Holding, of which American Enron is part.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol