Saudi Arabia’s power plant consultant ACWA Power has awarded final orders to suppliers and contractors for the development of its 120MW Khalladi windpower project in the North of Morocco, valued at $173m.
Located in Jbel Sendouq-Khalladi, the plant is the first project to be built jointly by ACWA Power and ARIF Investment Fund under the Moroccan Renewable Energy Law.
ACWA Power'S chief investment officer Rajit Nanda said: “This new wind energy project reinforces our positioning as a major player in the country’s renewable sector.
“Our investment in Morocco is for the long run and with our partner ARIF we will be contributing even further to the transformation of the energy sector Morocco, which is undergoing in alignment with its national strategy.”
Once in full operation, the Khalladi project will be able to directly supply industrial clients connected to the high-voltage network. It will also be able to reduce carbon emissions by more than 200,000t every year.
The project is part of the Moroccan National Renewable Energy Strategy Windpower plan, which aims to develop 2,000MW of windpower capacity by 2020. This would represent 14% of the total installed capacity in the country.
The Khalladi project will create approximately 300 job opportunities in Morocco during the peak construction period.