Acwa Power confirms Final orders for construction of 1.2 MW wind farm in northern Morocco
Acwa Power Khalladi has completed final orders to suppliers and contractors, confirming that all financial conditions are met for the construction of a 1.2 MW wind power farm for a total cost of 1.7 billion dirhams ($173 million.)
With this project, Acwa Power Khalladi, which is 75% owned by Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power and 25% by Arif Investment Fund, funds its first wind power project in Morocco as part of the country’s strategy to reach 2 GW of installed wind power capacity by 2020.
Located in Jbel Sendouq-Khalladi, 15 KM east of Tangier near Renault factory, the new wind farm is developed under Morocco’s renewable energy law. It will be equipped with 40 Vestas turbines with a production capacity of 120MW.
Once operational, the project will directly supply the industrial clients connected to the high voltage network and it is expected to cut greenhouse gas emissions by more than 200,000 tons of CO2 annually.
ACWA power won in 2012 the $709 million tender to build Noor I solar plant near Ouarzazate and is currently constructing the second and third phases of the solar project, Noor II and Noor III that are 200MW and 100MW respectively.
By 2020, Morocco is hoping to source half of its energy from renewables a third of that will be solar power; the other two thirds will come from wind and hydro power.