A transformational wind energy project that seeks to utilize Morocco’s high potential to commission 2000 MW in wind power by 2020.
Morocco is nearly 97% dependent on outside sources to meet its energy needs, while demand for electricity continues to increase rapidly at around 6.5% annually since 2007. In order to reduce its fossil-fuel dependency and curb the growth of CO2 emissions, the country has taken decisive steps to achieve an ambitious goal of 2,000 MW in wind power by 2020, from the current installed capacity of 283.5 MW.
The AfDB has been collaborating with Office national de l’électricité et de l'eau potable (ONE) since 2009 to prepare the One Wind Energy Program (WEP), comprised of two main components: a wind energy generating system with hydro-storage energy generating system, and a rural electrification plan. WEP will enable Morocco to increase energy security and green employment while decreasing fossil fuel dependency and CO2 emissions. Total costs for this project are estimated at $2,354.87 million, with hopes that it will stimulate the development of similar systems throughout Africa, particularly in the East and South, which are endowed with wind and hydro resources.
Objectives and Outputs:
Following the vision of Morocco’s energy strategy, WEP seeks to: improve energy security, increase the share of clean and renewable energies, and provide rural areas with access to energy. Under the WEP, Morocco targets the commissioning of 2,000 MW of wind power by 2020, and CTF resources will support necessary infrastructure for wind energy generation to leverage private sector funding for wind farm development totaling a capacity of 1,050 MW. The project will include three new constructed wind farms of 100-300 MW installed capacity each, and two hydro facilities with a combined output of 520 MW. Wind will produce two thirds of the plan’s expected energy capacity, while hydroelectric generation will contribute one third.
This program is expected to prevent 65 million tons of CO2 emissions over its total life-span. About 700 direct permanent jobs in maintenance of the wind farms, as well as over direct 4,200 one-year jobs in construction are expected to be created as a result of WEP. WEP also seeks to enable greater private sector participation in wind electricity investments, and generate electricity for 86,000 households- 516,000 of which are in rural areas. CTF resources are expected to leverage $2,709.5 million in co-financing. As of January 2014, $125 million has been committed by the CTF Trust Fund Committee to the program following 2011 revisions to the CTF IP for Morocco. Construction contracts have been awarded and are under implementation, with full operational status expected by 2019.
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Reallocation of CTF Resources
Proposed Decision | Project Document | Government Letter
USD 30.71 million
Approved on December 1, 2016 (Approval Notification)