First step of “Gas to Power” Morocco completed
Initiated by a call for expressions of interest, the first step of the “Gas to Power” map of Morocco was completed. This program focuses on the production of gas and electricity infrastructure of an estimated $ 4.6 billion. One hundred companies have applied. They will now be pre-qualified and compete in a tender. A task that will return to elected government on October 7, 2016.
With the closure of the call for expression of interest “Gas to Power”, Morocco has just completed the first step on the gas Moroccan mega plan, the first phase is from 2015 to 2025.
This was announced by Abdelkader Amara energy minister in his speech of May 27 in Rabat OCP policy center and the International Institute affairs at a seminar on “The future of gas markets”.
This plan involves the construction of an LNG marine terminal at Jorf Lasfar 130 km south of Casablanca and a transport pipeline connecting the LNG terminal and pipeline Maghreb Europe (GME) passing through Tangier and four gas plants.
Besides the development of solar and wind renewable energy, with a target of 52% of the total capacity of the country in 2030, the North African kingdom wants to diversify its energy mix with the gas, especially as a delivery contract concluded for 10 years in 2011 with Algeria, will expire in 2021.
This contract was negotiated between the two countries whose relations are at loggerheads through a right on Moroccan soil by the Algerian gas pipeline Maghreb Europe which then passes under the Strait of Gibraltar to Spain.
For its part, the National Office of Electricity and drinking water (ONEE) already has about 2 GW of power capacity in particular via gas central Tangier (Tahaddart) or Kenitra. But Morocco, despite constant research has no geological natural gas resources, except for some small deposits, particularly in the Kenitra region.
Regarding future gas projects in Morocco, a hundred companies responded to the call for expressions of interest launched in December 2015 and closed on 25 March. The next step will see the launch of a call for pre-qualification bids.
Morocco wants to inject natural gas in its energy mix, one project at $ 4.6 billion. Groups like Shell, Engie, Qatari Taqa or Gazprom, and according to our information Edf, have already expressed interest in the creation of a gas industry in Morocco.
“This plan requires, according to initial estimates, a total of $ 4.6 billion will be directed by the ONEE as part of a power purchase agreement contract (PPA)” said Abdelkader Amara.