WSRW calls on power producers to withdraw from tender
The Moroccan state electricity company ONE last year launched a tender to find a company to take on the construction of power plants in occupied Western Sahara. WSRW has got the lists of the 21 companies which are prequalified. The companies, from a dozen countries worldwide, are these days being contacted by WSRW, with an appeal to withdraw from the tender.
Morocco needs more electricity to build out their settlements and industries in the illegally occupied Western Sahara. WSRW has got hold of the lists of the companies which are prequalified for their latest tender. These days, WSRW is contacting each one of the companies, in a dozen countries worldwide.
The letter to the companies points out that in the ONE tendering documents, it is erroneously mentioned that the projects are located in “the Kingdom of Morocco”. However, the Dajla and Bojador energy projects are both located in Western Sahara, which is treated by the UN as a territory pending decolonisation, as well as an area under occupation. Due to the ONE mislabelling of the area, Western Sahara Resource Watch believes that some of the companies might have been seeking the tender after a misunderstanding.
No states in the world recognise Dajla and Bojador as lying within Morocco, and the International Court of Justice has rejected Morocco's claims to the territory.
See the details of the tender here.
"We would like to inform you that the company who ends up winning the Moroccan tender and starts supplying power to Moroccan industry and infrastructure on occupied land, will be subject to a public campaign, by the Saharawis and by our international network of people who work in solidarity with the oppressed people of Western Sahara", the letter reads.
"We hope you will appreciate and understand the ethical, political and legal dilemmas involved in engaging in occupied Western Sahara and that you will withdraw from the tender. We hope that your company in the future does not choose to be associated with the Moroccan annexation of Western Sahara", it says.
The following companies and consortiums have been prequalified for the tender for the installation, development and operation of two Solar Power Plants in occupied Western Sahara, under what Morocco has come to call “The Chourouk Initiative”:
1. Abengoa solar PV 2. Acciona Energia 3. AES 4. Babcock & Brown 5. CDG Développement / Solar Ventures 6. Central Sun/NovEnergia/Auma 7. EDF EN 8. Gamesa Solar/First Reserve 9. Gestamp /Ensol, SL 10. Helium Energy 11. Isofoton/Isofoton Maroc/Berge Généracion 12. La companie du vent 13. Martifer Rewables/Fomentinvest Energia/Martifer Solar 14. MIP-AM Invest-IC-Denkstatt-Wentz 15. NTR 16. Solar Ecopower/Taqa/Noorweb/Solon 17. Solar Pack 18. Sorgenia 19. Suez Tractebel 20. Sumitomo 21. Tsolar & Isolux
Morocco occupies the major part of its neighbouring country, Western Sahara. Entering into business deals with Moroccan companies or authorities in the occupied territories gives an impression of political legitimacy to the occupation. It also gives job opportunities to Moroccan settlers and income to the Moroccan government. Western Sahara Resource Watch demands foreign companies leave Western Sahara until a solution to the conflict is found.
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