French Theolia partners with Abu Dhabi national utility

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France-based wind energy producer Theolia has formed a strategic partnership with Abu Dhabi's National Energy Company, PJSC (TAQA), to co-operate in the Moroccan clean energy sector. The two companies, which have both pre-qualified in an international call for proposals to build and operate up to 300 MW at Tarfaya, on Morocco's windy Atlantic coast (Windpower Monthly, November 2007), will form a consortium to respond jointly to the second round of the tender. TAQA has also agreed to buy a 50% stake in Compagnie Eolienne du Détroit (CED), a Moroccan wind project owner-operator acquired by Theolia in January. CED owns and operates the 50.4 MW Al Koudia Al Baida wind plant, which Theolia hopes to extend and to repower the existing 600 kW Vestas turbines. TAQA owns and operates a 1356 MW thermal plant in Morocco, providing around half of the country's annual electricity production. The new joint venture will be the company's first move into renewable energy.

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