* Morocco wants to become a top renewable producer
* Project will be equipped with 50 Alstom wind turbines
PARIS, April 16 Morocco has picked a consortium
led by EDF Energies Nouvelles, the renewable arm of France's EDF
, to build a wind farm, the French utility said on
Monday, in one of the kingdom's first projects in an ambitious
plan for green energy.
The Taza wind project, with a capacity of 150 megawatts
(MW), is to be located in northern Morocco to the east of Fes.
Morocco, which has no oil production and relies heavily on
energy imports, wants to make the most of its ample wind and
sunlight to become a top renewable energy producer.
The kingdom aims to build 4,000 MW in wind and solar power
capacity by 2020 to meet nearly half its energy consumption.
The project will be equipped with 50 Alstom wind turbines of
3 MW each. EDF Energies Nouvelles, Mitsui and Alstom
will subcontract at least 30 percent of the
construction work to Moroccan companies.
The group did not disclose the financial terms of the
project, nor a schedule for the start-up of production.
The project will be followed in 2012 by another tender for
renewable power production capacity of 850 MW.
A landmark project is the 500 megawatt project in the
southern region of Ouarzazate, which is the first of five in a
$9 billion solar programme that is planned to account for 38
percent of Morocco's installed power generation capacity by
(Reporting By Muriel Boselli)