A third of Moroccan electricity comes from renewable energies … a big leap

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The National Office of Electricity and Drinking Water revealed that 36.8% of the total electricity produced during 2020 came from renewable sources.

In recent years, the Kingdom of Morocco has witnessed a remarkable increase in electrical energy from renewable sources. According to official data, it currently constitutes one third of the electrical energy produced in the Kingdom.

According to the figures announced by the National Office of Electricity and Drinking Water in Morocco, the produced electrical capacity reached about 10557 MW by the end of the year 2020, in which the proportion of renewable energies is approximately 36.8%.

A statement from the office, a copy of which was received by Al Ain News, stated that the national energy mix has undergone a profound transformation since 2009, the date on which the Kingdom adopted the new energy strategy.

Since that period, the share of renewable energies in the electric package has increased significantly, moving from 13% in 2009 to 19% in 2019, to stabilize at 36.8% during the past year.

The share of natural gas stabilized and the means of production strengthened after the start of production of units 5 and 6 of the Jorf Al-Asfar thermal station, as well as the thermal stations of Jarada and Safi, and the energy dependency was reduced by reducing the import rate from 19% in 2009 to 2% in 2019, in addition to reducing the fuel consumption rate. From 14% in 2009 to 2% in 2019.

With regard to the structural projects that characterized the year 2020, the same data mentioned the signing of an extension of the contract related to the purchase and supply of electric power produced at the level of units 1 to 4 of the Jorf Al-Asfar thermal station.

In addition to the completion of the completion of the wind farm for Midelt of 210 megawatts, the signing of contracts to provide the financial envelope, as well as the launch of the construction works of Al-Rahbah Al-Rihiya in Boujdour of 300 megawatts and Al-Rahbah Al-windyah of Taza of 87 megawatts.

In addition to the signing of 270 megawatts of wind farm contracts at Al-Rahba wind farm in Essaouira, all of which fall within the framework of the Integrated Wind Energy 850 MW program. This is in addition to the completion of more than 50% of the workshop works related to the Abdel Moumen power transmission station by pumping 350 megawatts.

With regard to the investment proceeds, the office worked during the year 2019 to mobilize an investment financial envelope of 8.4 billion Moroccan dirhams (US dollar = 9.5 Moroccan dirhams), of which 4.1 billion dirhams are allocated to the implementation of electricity projects in order to meet the needs of the population and to strengthen the transmission and distribution network of electricity and popularize rural areas electrification .

It is expected that the office’s investment budget for the year 2020 will reach about 7.1 billion dirhams, of which 3.5 billion dirhams have been allocated for the electricity sector and 3.6 billion dirhams for the drinking water and liquid sanitation sector.

It should be noted that the national plan for the development of renewable energies in Morocco aims, in the medium term, to raise the share of renewable energies in the electric package to 42% by the end of 2020.

After evaluating the first phase of the energy strategy, in December 2015, a new goal was set to accelerate the energy transition that Morocco has embarked on to increase the share of renewable energies from 42% of installed energy in 2020 to 52% by 2030.





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