Seven consortium have reached the pre-qualifying stage in the bidding process to help Moroccan national utility, Office National de l'Electricité (ONE), build a 60 MW wind farm at Essaouira near Cap Sim. The average wind speed at the site is 9 m/s, with annual production potential estimated at 210 GWh. The project is being financed by a EUR 50 million loan from the German overseas development bank KfW. The consortium that will move on to the next stage of the bidding process are Decon of Germany; Energía Hidroeléctrica de Navarra of Spain; German consulting group Lahmeyer together with French utility Electricité de France; Danish consultants Ramboll together with Danish utility SEAS; British Scott Wilson and PIQ Service of Morocco, and a Belgium/French/Danish team consisting of Tractabel, Coyune et Bellier and TechWise, a division of Danish utility Elsam. Environmental impact studies for the wind farm are being carried out by IDOM of Spain in partnership with the Moroccan company CID. Construction of Essaouira is scheduled to begin in early 2004 and to be completed by the end of 2005.
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