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Morocco has named an EDF-led consortium as the project leader for the country's Taza wind project. EDF, working alongside Mitsui & Co, has said that its renewable energy business has been chosen to construct the 150 MW plant which will be sited in northern Morocco. No schedule for the project was announced, but another tender for renewable power production is expected to follow this year.
The plant is part of Morocco's plans to construct 4,000 MW of renewable capacity by 2020 to meet half its energy needs. EDF announced that it will be equipped with 50 Alstom wind turbines, producing 3 MW each. The company has also stated that at least 30% of the construction work on the plant will be constructed by local Moroccan companies.
EDF is set to open a Casablanca-based subsidiary for the project, EDF EN Maroc, which will be responsible for the design, development and construction of the facility. The company will then operate the facility under a 20 year deal.