New high-voltage connects Laayoune to Tiznit

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The National Office of Electricity and Drinking Water (ONEE) just completed the completed the DH 1.1 billion project to connect Tiznit and Laayoune via 470 kilometer high voltage line.

New high-voltage connects Laayoune to Tiznit

New high-voltage connects Laayoune to Tiznit

The electrification of the Saharan provinces had upgraded. Connected to the national network by antenna power mode (single power supply not backed by the national network), the southern areas’ power supply are now distributed via a high-voltage line.

The said project is in accordance with the Moroccan energy plan which aims to increase production and improving diffusion of electricity infrastructure at regional level and national level. The purpose of the upgrade is to increase production capacity to 12,600 megawatts by 2025.

Consequently, the new power line will assure the electricity supply in the Saharan provinces. Similarly, it enables ONEE to develop the quality of service it’s offering to customers particularly to its industrial customers. Essentially, this project will help the Agency to meet future demand for electricity in the Saharan provinces.

In addition, achieving this strategy enable the production of new renewable energy projects in the southern regions. The power line is part of the 400 kV power transmission line network linking Agadir to Laayoune. In spite of this, the line will first operate at 225 kV while waiting for the commissioning of the 400 kV stations in Agadir, Tan Tan and Laayoune in early 2016.

Morocco has launched three integrated solar, wind and hydroelectric power plan to achieve a generation capacity of 2,000 megawatts each, and it will account to 42% production capacity of installed power in 2020.

Mohamed Dekkak

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