The Moroccan government's plans to develop wind farms in occupied Western Sahara have drawn the interest of 16 international companies.
The Moroccan government wants to construct a 300 MegaWatt (MW) wind farm in Tiskrad, near El Aaiun, and plans to erect another 100 MW wind farm in Boujdour, located further down south in the occupied territory. Both farms should be operational by 2020.
In order to market the projects to international energy firms, the two project-sites in Western Sahara have been included in a package-deal together with three other sites in Morocco proper.
A tender inviting energy companies to indicate their interest in building all 5 parks, resulted in quite a number of companies submitting their candidacy. The Moroccan National Office for Electricity and Water (ONEE) has retained 16 of these firms
, who are now running either by themselves or in consortiums to win the bid.
Western Sahara Resource Watch has sent letters to all of the firms engaged in the bid, asking them to refrain from building infrastructure on occupied land.
The involved companies are;
- Acciona Wind Power (Spain)/Acciona Energia (Spain)/Al Ajial Funds (Morocco)
- EDF Energies Nouvelles (France)/Mitsui&Co (Japan)/Alstom (France)
- Acwa Power (Saudi Arabia)/Gamesa Eolica (Spain)/Gamesa Energia (Spain)
- General Electric (USA)
- Nareva Holding (Morocco)/Taqa (Abu Dhabi)/Enel Green Power (Italy)/Siemens (Germany)
- International Power (UK - though acquired by French Groupe GDF Suez in 2012) /Vestas (Denmark)
Find copies of the letters sent by WSRW below.WSRW letter to ACCIONAWSRW letter to Al AjialWSRW letter to EDF Nouvelles EnergiesWSRW letter to Mitsui & CoWSRW letter to AlstomWSRW letter to ACWA PowerWSRW letter to GamesaWSRW letter to General Electric CompanyWSRW letter to NAREVA HoldingWSRW letter to TAQAWSRW letter to Enel Green PowerWSRW letter to SiemensWSRW letter to International Power Ltd - GDF SuezWSRW letter to Vestas