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The Moroccan Capital Markets Authority (AMMC) on 6 July presented new guidelines covering the country’s green, social and sustainability bond markets. The guidelines were drawn up with advisory support from the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation, alongside the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development and the Hungarian Export-Import Bank.

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Office National de l’Electricité et de l’Eau Potable (ONEE) has invited sealed bids by 31 October for the design, supply, installation and commissioning of hydromechanical and electrical works at the Bin El Ouidane and Ait Ouarda dams on the El Abid River in the north-central region of Béni Mellal-Khénifra. The work, which is expected to take 18 months, is to be financed from a loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, which agreed in November 2015 to provide a sovereign-guaranteed loan of up to €35m to finance the ONEE Hydro Rehabilitation Project.

Morocco
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A 10 June visit to Morocco by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari allowed both sides to announce the progress of plans to build a gas pipeline across north-west Africa. Moroccan media reported that the pipeline’s route, a mixture of onshore and offshore tranches, had been finalised, crossing West Africa to Morocco, which has applied to join the Economic Community of West African States as a key element of King Mohammed VI’s ‘pivot to Africa’.

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The Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (Masen) has taken an important step towards assembling the finance for the second concentrated solar power (CSP) complex in the Moroccan Solar Plan. On 11 June, the World Bank announced $125m of financing for the Noor Midelt I and II plants. This includes $25m from the Clean Techology Fund initially agreed in 2017. Financial close and an invitation for five prequalified consortia to submit bids to build the plant are expected later this year.

Morocco
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Sound Energy announced on 8 June that it had submitted a development application to the Ministry of Energy for the Tendrara gas discovery in eastern Morocco. The application for the Phase 1 development of Tendrara covers the technical and commercial aspects of the field development plan and the outline of the development area. Sound expects the discovery to produce some 60mcf/d of natural gas, to be produced through a future 120km spur to the Maghreb-Europe gas pipeline (GME), which runs from Algeria’s Hassi R’Mel fields to Spain.

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Germany’s IBC Solar and local partner Sun Energy and Water Technologies have installed a hybrid photovoltaic (PV) system for national fisheries agency Office National des Pêches at Boujdour in the disputed Western Sahara. The system includes 500 solar PV panels, batteries and diesel generators to power the fishing village of Aftissat with 233,000kWh/yr. The fishing industry at the village near Boujdour consumes around 600kWh/d from demand for refrigeration, storage and other uses.

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Issue 366 - 04 May 2018

Morocco: Rabat Deep well fails

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Partner Chariot Oil & Gas has announced that the Eni-operated Rabat Deep 1 well failed to find hydrocarbons. Chariot said the well was drilled to a total depth of 3,180 metres to test the JP-1 prospect. Chariot was fully carried for the well as part of a farm-out to Eni, which was approved in January 2017. The well, drilled by the Saipem 12000 drillship, will now be plugged and abandoned.

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Austrian technology group Andritz announced on 6 March that it had received an order worth more than €120m ($141m) to supply hydro and electromechanical equipment to the 350MW Abdelmoumen pumped storage project on the Issen River in Taroudant province. Andritz is part of a joint venture led by France’s Vinci Construction Grands Projets which will build the plant for Office Nationale de l’Électricité and de l’Eau Potable.

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The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development invites expressions of interest by 16 April from consultants to assist with modelling and mapping injection capacity for renewable energy into the transmission and distribution grids of Morocco. The assignment aims to ensure that planned new renewable energy generation will maintain the security and balance of the grid and not affect the technical and economic performance of the national power generation and transmission system.

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Moroccan officials say an ambitious plan to build a pipeline from Nigeria to Morocco is making progress, despite the daunting challenges involved in providing a ‘gas highway’ serving countries along its near 5,000km route. The projects fits into King Mohammed VI’s pivot toward Africa, focusing Moroccan investment and political energy on building greater south-south cooperation

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Rabat has released little information about the impact of gas finds in eastern Morocco, in line with its cautious management of information on the hydrocarbons industry. But reserves in the Sound Energy-operated Tendrara gas field are now deemed sufficient for the government to stop taking gas through the Maghreb-Europe Gas Pipeline (GME) when its contract with Algeria expires in 2020-21. This means Morocco will not need to import liquefied natural gas (LNG) until much later in the next decade, when new combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plants are built, officials in Rabat have told African Energy.

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Morocco’s readmission to the African Union in January 2017 was widely welcomed, ending a boycott called by the late King Hassan II in 1984 after the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) was admitted as a full member of the then Organisation of African Unity. Morocco sees its future security and prosperity in an energetic drive to build business, political and cultural relations across Africa and King Mohammed VI received a standing ovation when he addressed the 2017 African Union summit.

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The Ministry of Energy has approved permits for two small hydropower plants being developed by France’s Voltalia in the Middle Atlas region. The permits for the unnamed 9.8MW and 7.2MW projects follow technical approvals issued by the Office National de l’Electricité et de l’Eau Potable for the connection of the plants to the national grid.

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Office Nationale des Hydrocarbures et des Mines (Onhym) has signed new petroleum agreements with Repsol and Royal Dutch Shell for the onshore Tanfit area, with Eni for the Tarfaya Offshore Shallow area, and with Sound Energy for Sidi Moktar. The agreement for the 9,990km2 Tanfit acreage announced on 6 February follows reconnaissance work in the area by Shell. Repsol, which has the Rharb Offshore Sud Block, and the onshore Aoufouss Block, will be the operator.

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As King Mohammed VI maintains pressure on officials to deliver results in key sectors, Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (Masen) president Mustapha Bakkoury was called to the royal palace in Casablanca on 26 January to report on progress across the renewable energy programme. The king was said to be concerned to streamline the operations of state energy sector bodies and Masen’s international expansion strategy. A delay in the transfer of the stake in Masen held by Société d’Investissements Energétiques (SIE) to Office National de l’Electricité et de l’Eau Potable (ONEE) was one issue.

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