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French group Vinci Construction on 9 January announced the award by state utility Office National de l’Electricité et de l’Eau (ONEE) of the main contract to build the 350MW Abdelmoumen energy transfer pumping station in the Souss Massa-Draâ region. Vinci’s contract is valued at €284m ($347m), to deliver the project within 48 months. The plant, known by its French acronym Step (station de transfert d’energie par pompage), should increase the Abdelmoumen complex’s energy efficiency by 12% in 2020-21, when the plant is scheduled for completion, and by 15% by 2030, according to Souss Massa-Draâ regional director for environment Khadija Sami.

Morocco
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Under a strategy favouring renewable energy that is driven from the royal palace, Morocco is developing one of the continent’s most strategically planned and vibrant energy sectors. Supported by banks and financiers in commercial hub Casablanca, the kingdom has developed an extremely active project pipeline across a wide range of technologies; this draws on diverse procurement strategies that have attracted very significant levels of official and private finance.

Morocco
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Italy’s Eni is expected to spud the RD-1 well on the Rabat Deep Offshore exploration permit in March 2018, using the Saipem 12000 drillship. Partner Chariot Oil & Gas, which transferred the operatorship to Eni in January 2017, said the JP-1 prospect targeted by the well had audited gross mean prospective resources of 768m bbls.

Morocco
Issue 359 - 07 December 2017

Morocco: Masen expands beyond the kingdom

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The Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (Masen) has signed co-operation agreements with ten countries and is actively working on projects in five, as Morocco works to expand its presence in Africa. This policy, led by King Mohammed VI, also includes the kingdom applying to join the Economic Community of West African States and state power and water utility Office National de l’Electricité et de l’Eau applying to join the West Africa Power Pool.

Morocco
Issue 358 - 23 November 2017

Morocco: SDX discovery

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SDX Energy has announced a gas discovery with the second well in a nine-well drilling programme on the Sebou, Gharb Centre and Lalla Mimouna permits. The KSR-15 well on the Sebou permit was drilled to a total depth of 1,774 metres and encountered 17.2 metres of gas reservoir section across four intervals. The average porosity of the primary target, the Hoot sand, was 29%, which is the highest recorded for the Hoot sand in the basin.

Morocco
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Having weathered many storms as head of Office National de l’Electricité et de l’Eau Potable (ONEE), Ali Fassi-Fihri was sacked as head of the state utility on 24 October. He was dismissed along with four prominent ministers and another parastatal boss by King Mohammed VI in response to a report by the Cour des Comptes (public accounts court) on the failures of a multi-faceted project to revive the economy of the northern Al-Hoceima region.

Morocco
Issue 355 - 12 October 2017

Morocco/Egypt: SDX finds gas, oil

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SDX Energy has announced a gas discovery with the KSR-14 development well on the Sebou permit in Morocco, and an oil discovery with the Rabul-2 well in the West Gharib concession in Egypt. The Rabul-2 well encountered 31 metres of net heavy oil pay across the Yusr and Bakr sand formations, with an average porosity of 20%. The well will be completed as a producer in the Bakr and connected to the central processing facilities at Meseda.

Egypt | Morocco
Issue 354 - 29 September 2017

Morocco: SDX drilling

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SDX Energy has announced the spudding of the KSR-14 development well on the Sebou permit, the first of a nine-well drilling programme on the Sebou, Gharb Centre and Lalla Mimouna permits. The drilling campaign aims to increase local gas sales volumes in Morocco by up to 50% and boost reserves by more than 100%. SDX expects to announce results from KSR-14 in mid-October. If successful, the well will be completed, flow tested and connected to the existing infrastructure.

Morocco
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Eni has secured a drilling rig for the RD-1 well due to spud on the Rabat Deep Offshore licence in Q1 2018. Partner Chariot Oil & Gas said Eni had secured the Saipem 12000, a sixth generation ultra-deepwater drillship, for a drilling programme to include a one-well drilling slot in Rabat Deep Offshore. The rig is expected to arrive on location in late Q1 2018 and to start drilling the RD-1 well on the JP-1 prospect shortly thereafter.

Morocco
Issue 353 - 15 September 2017

Morocco: Sound funding

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Sound Energy has received a proposal from Advisory & Finance Group Investment Bank (AFG), which is fund manager to Sound’s Morocco partner OGIF, to fund a pipeline linking Tendrara to the Gazoduc Maghreb Europe (GME) pipeline. The indicative, non-binding commercial proposal is for the provision of funding to cover the construction cost of the Tendrara Gas Export Pipeline (TGEP) of between $60m (the estimated cost of a 12-inch pipeline) and $100m (for a 20-inch pipeline).

Morocco
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The Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (Masen) invites bids by 14 September from consultants to provide advisory services on the challenges posed by the expansion of its operations from the development of solar energy to all forms of renewables including wind and hydropower.Masen’s new responsibilities, set out in a law passed in August 2016, will cover the development, financing and management of all renewable energy projects in the country and involvement from assessment of potential resources to their development, capacity building, industrialisation of the sector, research and development and advisory services.

Morocco
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The Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (Masen) has secured financing for its innovative Noor Midelt project to generate electricity from a concentrated solar power (CSP) and photovoltaic (PV) hybrid plant. A $25m loan from the Climate Investment Funds’ (CIF) Clean Technology Fund has been approved for the Noor Midelt Phase I CSP project, which is also supported by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and World Bank. The project will generate a total of 600MW-800MW.

Morocco
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Once the right economics and policies are put in place, the pace of advance made by the most successful renewable energy types, including wind power and solar photovoltaic (PV), can be exceptionally fast. Extrapolations of continent-wide trends by the new African Energy Live data (Live data) suggest that sustainable technologies can replace polluting (and, increasingly, often costlier) thermal solutions which include the diesel, heavy fuel oil and charcoal that hundreds of millions in sub-Saharan Africa have come to depend on.

Uganda | Morocco | Senegal | South Africa
Issue 350 - 14 July 2017

Sound Energy upbeat on Morocco

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Sound Energy has announced a successful re-entry and test of the Koba-1 well on the Sidi Moktar licence. The well was drilled by Longreach Oil and Gas in 2013 but not tested. Sound said on 5 July it had successfully re-entered, completed, perforated and flared gas at surface from the Argovian reservoir, where a five-metre interval was perforated at a depth of 1,406 metres. Sound has now temporarily suspended the well in preparation for a rigless extended well test, then hopes to move rapidly to production.

Morocco
Issue 350 - 14 July 2017

Morocco: SDX selects rig supplier

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SDX Energy has selected Aberdeen-based Exceed to provide a rig for a planned programme of two exploration wells and five development wells starting in September on the Sebou and Lalla Mimouna permits. SDX said Exceed had previously drilled in Morocco and was very familiar with the area. SDX has secured all the long-lead items for the drilling campaign from an operator that was leaving the country.

Morocco