Achievements for strengthening electric Production and Transport capacity (2009 - 2015)

The national primary energy demand grew on average by nearly 5% in recent years, driven by growth in electricity consumption which has increased on average by 6.5% per year due to the almost widespread of rural electrification and the dynamism of our economy, especially the policy of major projects in infrastructure, industry, agriculture, tourism, social housing, etc.

To meet this growing demand of energy, an energy strategy was adopted in 2009 under the High Guidance of His Majesty the King, and based on the following major objectives:

  • Ensuring security of supply,
  • Expand the access to energy at optimized prices,
  • Mobilize domestic energy resources, primarily significant potential in renewable energy,
  • Promote energy efficiency,
  • Integrate Morocco in the regional energy system,
  • Apply upstream of environmental protection regimes in all energy activities.

This strategy was declined in roadmap translated into clear and precise plans, programs and projects.

The first phase of the national energy strategy has been successfully implemented and helped to restore the balance between electric supply and demand and implement the legislative, institutional and regulatory reforms needed to support the programs and projects launched as part of the national energy strategy.

Thus, an additional capacity of 2760 MW was achieved between 2009 and 2015.

  1. Electricity Production (2760 MW achieved)

    The main projects regarding the offer are:

    • Diesel plant of Tan Tan with a capacity of 116 MW, commissioned in 2009.
    • Gas Turbine of Mohammedia with a capacity of 300 MW, commissioned in December 2009.
    • Wind farm of Tangiers with a capacity of 140 MW. Dhar Saadane part (107 MW) of this wind farm was commissioned progressively from April 2009, while commissioning of Beni Mejmel part (33 MW) was carried out in 2011.
    • Solar thermal plant with integrated combined cycle of Ain Beni Mathar with a capacity of 472 MW, commissioned in 2010.
    • Hydraulic complex of Tanafnit El Borj with a capacity of 40 MW. The complex commissioning was carried out in 2009 for Tanafnit and in 2010 for El Borj.
    • Dakhla diesel plant extension with a capacity of 16.5 MW, commissioned in 2009.
    • Gas Turbine of Kenitra with a capacity of 315 MW, commissioned in July 2012.
    • Wind farm of TARFAYA with a capacity of 300 MW. Total commissioning of the project was carried out on 08/12/2014.
    • The extension of the Jorf Lasfar power plant with two units 5 and 6 with a total capacity of 700 MW. Total commissioning was carried out in April 2014.

  2. Electric transport

    3753 km of high and very high voltage lines was achieved between 2009 and 2014. Thus, the total of high and very high voltage transmission lines reached 23 331 km at the end of 2014.

Prospects of strengthening electric Production and Transport capacity (2016 - 2020)

Production

The main projects on supply during the period 2016-2020 are:

  • Extension of the Dakhla diesel plant (16.5 MW)

    This project consists of the extension of the diesel power plant in Dakhla with a fifth diesel generator with a capacity of 16.5 MW. The project cost is estimated at 270 million MAD and the commissioning is expected in 2016.


  • Diesel generator of Laayoune (72 MW)

    The project consists of four diesel generators with a unit capacity of 18 MW. The project cost is estimated at 860 million MAD and the commissioning is expected in 2016.


  • JBEL Khalladi wind farm (120 MW)

    With a capacity of 120 MW, this wind farm is being developed by the private under Law No. 13-09 on renewable energy. The project cost is estimated at MAD 2,118 million and the commissioning is expected in 2016.


  • Akhfenir wind farm (100 MW)

    With a capacity of 100 MW, this wind farm is being developed by the private under Law No. 13-09 on renewable energy. The project cost is estimated at MAD 1,765 million and the commissioning is expected in 2016.


  • NOOR Tafilalt solar photovoltaic power plant Project (100 MW)

    The solar photovoltaic project NOOR Tafilalt consists of 3 plants with an average unit capacity of 25 MW each, and a minimum total capacity of 75 MW expandable to 100 MW. The project cost is estimated at 1,600 million MAD.
    Environmental studies for solar power plants NOOR Tafilalt were launched. The tender for pre-qualification of bidders is being evaluated; the list of prequalified bidders will be published early in 2016.


  • NOOR ATLAS photovoltaic Project (200 MW)

    The solar photovoltaic project NOOR Atlas with a total capacity of 200 MW, to be developed under EPC “Engineering, Procurement and Construction” and will consist of 8 solar photovoltaic plants with a unit capacity of 10 to 30 MWp. The project cost is estimated at 3450 million MAD.


  • Taza wind farm (150 MW)

    The project cost is estimated at MAD 2,411 million and the commissioning is planned in 2017. The PPA contract was signed on July 25, 2013 and the land acquisition process has reached, at the end of March 2015, approximately 86% in number of parcels handled by ONEE.

  • Integrated Wind Power Project 850 MW

    Integrated Wind Power Project 850 MW consists of development, financing, construction, operation and maintenance of a total installed capacity of 850 MW distributed on five wind farms, namely:

    • MIDELT wind farm (150 MW), the commissioning is planned in 2017.
    • TISKRAD wind farm (300 MW), the commissioning is planned for 2017-2018.
    • Tangier II wind farm (100 MW), the commissioning is scheduled for 2018.
    • Jebel Lahdid wind farm (200 MW), the commissioning is scheduled for 2019.
    • Boujdour wind farm (100 MW), the commissioning is scheduled for 2020.
    The opening of commercial bids took place on December 7, 2015 and the choice of the highest bidder is expected in early 2016.


  • Extension of the coal power plant of Jerada 320 MW

    The project cost is estimated at 3031 million MAD and the commissioning is planned in 2017.
    The contract for completion was signed in July 2013. The Service Order has been notified on October 13, 2014. The opening of the site was made on November 19, 2014 and Civil Engineering Works started on December 31, 2014.


  • Coal power plant of Safi (2x693 MW)

    Planned with the aim of satisfying the growing electrical energy demand of the country, It will meet about 25% of demand by 2018. The project cost is estimated at 23,000 million MAD and the commissioning is planned in 2018.
    Regarding the project of the new port of Safi and its coal wharf necessary for the supply of the plant by coal, its commissioning will take place at the end of 2017.


  • Coal power plant of Nador (2x693 MW)

    The coal power plant of Nador with a capacity of 1386 MW is planned with the aim of satisfying the growing electrical energy demand of the country beyond 2020.


  • PSP Abdelmoumen 350 MW

    The pumped storage power plant of Abdelmoumen with a capacity of 350 M is the second PSP to be carried out after Afourer of 464MW. The project cost is estimated at 2400 million MAD and the commissioning is scheduled for 2020.


  • Hydraulic Complex of El Menzel (125MW)

    The Hydroelectric Complex Project of El Menzel with a capacity of 125 MW is part of the National Water Resources Development.
    Given intermediate inflows between the dam of M'DEZ and Ain Timedrine the ONEE is examining options for its resizing to take account of new inflows in coordination with “Direction des Aménagements Hydrauliques et l’Agence du Bassin Hydraulique de Sebou”. The project cost is estimated at 2130 million MAD and the commissioning is scheduled for 2020.

Transport

In order to support production projects, strengthen the country's power security and participate in regional integration, ONEE is undertaking a major development program for its electricity transmission grid.

The action plan for the development of transmission and sub-transmission grid is structured around the following main components:

  1. 400 kV grid and interconnections

    The projects planned as part of the development of 400 kV grid for the 2015-2020 period are as follows:

    • The connection of the future coal power plant of Safi;
    • The connection of the new unit of Jerada 320 MW;
    • The connection of Tiskrad wind farm;
    • The connection of the city of Dakhla;
    • The connection of the solar power plants NOOR MIDELT and NOOR TATA,
    • Strengthening interconnections;
    • The extension of the 400 kV grid.

    These projects require the completion of 3040 km of 400 kV lines and nearly 4500 MVA of 400/225 kV power transformation.


  2. 225 kV grid

    The main projects included in the development of 225 kV grid are given below:

    • Connection at 225 kV of future production facilities
      This is the infrastructure necessary for the evacuation of the power of the future production facilities thermal, wind, solar and hydroelectric in progress or planned in the medium and long term equipment plan, including:
      • Wind farms of Jbel Khalladi, Akhfenir, Taza, Midelt, Tangiers II and Jbel Lahdid;
      • Ouarzazate solar plant.
      • PV solar power plants of Laayoune and Boujdour.
    • Further extension of the 225 kV grid to the rest of the national territory
      The necessary infrastructure for the connection of power plants, grid extension, strengthening and creating new VHV / HV substations require the establishment of 1290 km of 225 kV lines and about 3200 MVA of power transformation 225 / 60 kV.

  3. 60 kV sub-transmission grid

    The main projects of strengthening the 60kV grid will cover approximately 1150 km of 60 kV lines.
    In general, the transmission grid (in particular the 60 kV sub-transmission grid) must be adapted continually to the structure of production, consumption distribution and the location of the future customers. Therefore, its consistency will be adjusted in accordance with the objectives agreed regarding the transmission grid planning.