International consensus Mott Macdonald confirmed last week that the firm will provide technical advice for Tarfaya Wind Project in Morocco.
Mott Macdonald provided consultancy contract, technical, environmental and social services while the project is on its development phase therefore will continue to give technical advice to lenders during construction and operational phases.
The firm is driving governments to support the development of renewable energy as a key part of sustainable development
The €450 million Tarfaya wind farm project will double the country’s wind capacity consisting of 131 Siemens SW-2.3-101 turbines. By 2020, Morocco aims to obtain 42% of its energy from renewable sources.
“Electricity demand growth in Morocco has averaged 6% per year since 1998 and will continue to grow in the next 20 years. Wind energy provides carbon free electricity and by building the Tarfaya wind farm 900,000 tons of CO2 emissions a year will be avoided. The project will also provide employment to local people and contribute to building the nation’s economy”, Mott MacDonald’s project director said.
The construction of the 300MW wind farm in Morocco is said to be the largest in Africa and to be completed by the end of 2014 and will be operational for 20 years.