Quintet of EU turbine makers bid for Theolia project in Morocco

Five major European turbine makers have bid to supply the 100MW repowering of the Koudia Al Baida wind farm in Morocco, according to French developer Theolia.

The bidders were Alstom, Siemens, Vestas, Gamesa and Acciona, according to Theolia, which owns the existing 50.4MW wind farm and future development rights alongside its partner, Morocco’s Office National de l’Électricité et de l’Eau Potable (ONEE).

The wind farm – among the first in Africa – was commissioned in 2000 using 84 Vestas V44 turbines, rated at 600kW each.

Last year the Moroccan government awarded Theolia and ONEE the rights to repower Koudia Al Baida, located near Tangiers, up to 100MW. In addition the two companies intend to build a separate 200MW project on an adjacent site.

Morocco has less than 300MW of installed wind capacity at present. Although the North African renewables market slowed down last year due largely to the political uncertainties caused by the Arab Spring, momentum seems to once again be returning, with a number of developers, such as Germany’s RWE, aggressively pursuing utility-scale projects in Morocco.