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Three Moroccan Projects in List of ‘Most Outstanding Projects in Africa’

New York – Three of Morocco’s most prominent infrastructure projects are among the list of ten “Most Outstanding African Projects in 2015”, according to a ranking by Jeune Afrique magazine.

The Tarfaya wind farm, the Noor solar plant complex in Ourzazate and the Wessal Casablanca-Port project made it to the list of the most important initiatives that marked Africa’s economy this year.

One of Morocco’s most ambitious projects concerning green energy is the Tarfaya wind farm located in the country’s southern coast.

Consisting of 131 wind turbines with a capacity of 300 megawatts, Tarfaya wind farm is the second largest park in Africa. The project costs €450 million, the same source revealed.

King Mohammed VI of Morocco will inaugurate the first phase of solar plant “Noor I,” on Sunday in Ouarzazate, according to Minister Delegate in Charge of Environment Hakima El Haite.

The Noor Project will use a highly advanced technology called Concentrating Solar Power (CSP), which “allows to store energy for nights and cloudy days.”

Considered the world’s biggest concentrated solar power plant, the Noor is expected to produce enough energy for more than one million Moroccans, “with possibly extra power to export to Europe,” according to the World Bank.

The solar plant will be managed by the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN), covering an area of over 450 hectares. The plant’s first phase ‘Noor I’ cost € 600 million.

The Ouarzazate project has earned Morocco the title of “solar superpower” as it is expected to generate around 160 megawatts reaching 2,000 megawatts by 2020, the same source noted.

The Wessal Casablanca-Port project began in 2010 as a refurbishment plan to promote tourism in Casablanca.

The second phase of the project, according to the magazine, was launched by Morocco’s King last March, with an estimated cost of €28 million. It created a cultural tourism circuit of 3.7 km between the ancient city and the Hassan II Mosque.

Wessal Casablanca-Port is part of the rehabilitation program of the old medina, which includes the “building of a naval shipyard, the construction of a fishing port and the development of a cruise terminal,” the same source noted.

Among the other outstanding projects in the ranking are: the enlargement of the Suez Canal in Egypt, the first Carrefour market in Ivory Coast, a Bombardier monorail in Cairo, a 550 km pipeline between the coast of Djibouti and Ethiopia, as well as cultural infrastructures in Constantine, Algeria.

Source: moroccoworldnews


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