A strong delegation of elected officials and representatives of local and regional authorities in several Arab countries visited the Foum El Oued wind farm on the sidelines of the symposium held in Laayoune.
For the first three months of 2014, the net energy bill of Morocco soared at 24.804 billion dirham compared to last year’s record. To trim down consumption and expenses, Morocco relied on renewable energy. The development and management of this park provided by a subsidiary of Wind Energy Morocco (EEM) is part of a national strategy for renewable energy development. The goal is to successfully achieve an energy mix with 42% of these energies by 2020. The national program provides 2000 MW for solar, 2000 MW for hydraulics and 2000 MW for wind. For the latter, 203 MW was developed over 3 production sites, namely Haouma in northern Morocco, to Akhfennir in Tarfaya area and the Foum El Oued in Laayoune which demonstrates the extent of the strategic and economic challenges of producing wind energy, especially in an arid but with great potential region.
The various wind farms headed by EEM’s subsidiary has a broad portfolio that contributes up to 10% of the national target of 2,000 MW of wind power in 2020. For the development of the above three wind farms, the government of Dubai awarded the first prize of the Emirates Energy Awards to the holding company in October 2013. This Award recognizes the best practices in terms of energy management and sustainable development.
Generally, EEM currently provides energy to several industrial operators in Morocco. Its subsidiary is building a joint venture with a a French multinational electric utility company for the largest wind farm in Africa, the Tarfaya whose power is estimated at 300 MW. Commissioning of the said park is scheduled this year 2014 according to the officials.