Nareva to build 100MW wind farm in Morocco

MOROCCO: Alston has been handed a deal by Nareva Holdings to supply 100MW for a wind farm planned for Afkfenir in southern Morocco.

Alstom's Eco 74 1.6MW  turbine
Alstom's Eco 74 1.6MW turbine

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The project, which is due to be commissioned in 2011 will consist of 61 Alstom ECO 74 turbines and  includes a five-year maintenance contract. Nareva is a subsidiary of financial services conglomerate ONA.

It has been developed as part of Morocco's Energipro scheme, offering various incentives to major industrial consumers investing in renewables in order to offset their energy bills and carbon emissions.

In 2008, state utility ONE has signed a memorandum of understanding with Nareva to supply 310MW under the Energipro deal Windpower Monthly, September 2008).

According to the Windpower Monthly Market Status Report for Morocco the country almost doubled its wind power capacity last year, with the addition of 119MW to reach 253MW at the end of the year.

As things stand, 2010 looks set to be quieter by comparison, with only a further 33MW likely to be built this year. But a number of large projects are in the pipeline, such as Afkfenir, that could see capacity jump again from 2011 onwards.



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