Could Morocco’s Megaplant Revive Dreams Of Saharan Solar?

Dutch Welle
Author Dave Keating

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A gigantic solar power complex on the edge of the Sahara has gone online, boosting the North African nation’s renewable energy goals. But a former dream of exporting this clean power to Europe is still a long way off.

On Thursday (04.02.2016), Morocco’s King Mohammed VI inaugurated one of the world’s biggest solar plants: Noor I, located about 200 kilometers from Marrakesh at the edge of the Saharan Desert. (more…)

Morocco Launches $1.8 bln West Sahara Investment Plan

By Aziz El Yaakoubi

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Morocco’s King Mohammed on Friday launched a 18 billion Moroccan dirham ($1.85 billion) investment plan in Western Sahara driven by the country’s state-run phosphate company OCP, the state news agency MAP reported.

Morocco has controlled most of Western Sahara since 1975 and claims the sparsely populated stretch of desert, which has offshore fishing, phosphate reserves and oilfield potential, as its own territory. (more…)

Will Regionalization Help Democratization In Morocco?

Emma Borden


Where does Morocco stand today, five years after the Arab uprisings? Nizar Baraka — President of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council of Morocco and the chair of the Economic Working Group of the U.S.-Morocco Strategic Dialogue — provided a snapshot at a Center for Middle East Policy discussion on February 3.

While Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt are more frequently referenced in discussions about the (more…)

Morocco Dedicates 1st Phase Of Massive Solar Power Plant

Voice of America

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Morocco’s King Mohammed VI inaugurated the first phase of what will eventually be the world’s biggest concentrated solar energy plant Thursday. The project is intended to slash greenhouse gas emissions.

The massive plant is located outside the central city of Ouarzazate, on the edge of the Sahara desert.

“We can see that it is possible to get energy independence with solar systems and it is a fantastic message for all the African continent and all around the world,” (more…)

Morocco Unveils A Massive Solar Power Plant In The Sahara

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The Noor I Concentrated Solar Power plant, shown on Thursday, is the first phase of a large solar thermal power plant that is intended to supply more than a million Moroccans with electricity.

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Morocco has officially turned on a massive solar power plant in the Sahara Desert, kicking off the first phase of a planned project to provide renewable energy to more than a million Moroccans. (more…)

Morocco To Switch On First Phase Of World’s Largest Solar Plant

The Guardian
Arthur Neslen

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Desert complex will provide electricity for more than 1 million people when complete, helping African country to supply most of its energy from renewables by 2030.

Phase one of Morocco’s vast $9bn Ouarzazate solar power plant provides 160MW of its ultimate 580MW capacity.

Morocco’s king will switch on the first phase of a concentrated solar power plant on Thursday that will become the world’s largest when completed. (more…)

North African Drought Threatens Efforts To Cut Spending, Boost Growth

by Aziz El Yaakoubi

Abnormally dry weather across North Africa is threatening to become another financial headache for Morocco and neighbouring Tunisia and Algeria, just as each seeks to spur more economic growth and cut public spending.

Rising food import costs would come at a delicate time, as Morocco faces protests over austerity measures, Tunisia struggles to ease an outburst of unrest over joblessness, and Algeria cuts spending after a collapse in oil prices. (more…)

Travel: Make Some Time For Marrakech


It’s a city that’s perfect for a relaxing five-day weekend or a longer stay if you want to see the Atlas mountains, as ‘Mr & Mrs O’ did. Stephen Oryszczuk tells all…

Holiday review website TripAdvisor recently voted Marrakech the world’s top destination, but for Jews it has appealed for 2,600 years, since the destruction of the First Temple. Part of the draw was its position: on a trade route at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, beyond which lies the Sahara. (more…)

Morocco: Seven Alleged IS Militants En Route To Libya Arrested

The North Africa Post
by Kamailoudini Tagba


Moroccan security authorities Tuesday succeeded in disrupting plans of seven extremists to join IS in Libya.

The seven alleged militants, from Marrakech, Laayoune and Boujdour, were arrested as they were attempting to go to Libya through the Moroccan-Mauritanian border.

According to a statement released by the Interior Ministry, the alleged terrorists were trying to cross to Libya with the help of (more…)

Morocco’s State-Owned Utility ONE Moves Forward With Solar Plan

Photon News

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Morocco’s state-owned energy provider Office National de l’ Electricite (ONE) has increased the capacity of its Noor-Argana solar project from 125 MW to 200 MW, according to local newspaper Le Matin. The company will invest €250 million in the project. The Rfp for the construction of the plant will be issued by the end of 2016. (more…)

Morocco’s Oasis Festival Announces First Phase 2016 Lineup: Dixon, Tale Of Us, Derrick May & More


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Oasis Festival will return to the luxurious Fellah Hotel in Marrakech, Morocco this September. In addition to the food vendors, henna, souk and other unique experiences attendees can partake in during the weekend, the musical lineup is sure to turn up the heat.

Listen to Tale of Us’ Hypnotic New Single ‘North Star’: Exclusive Premiere. (more…)

OCP Group Targets Energy Independence With 600 MW By 2020

SeeNews Renewables
by Mariyana Yaneva


Moroccan group OCP, a global leader in the phosphate and phosphate derivatives markets, will boost investments in renewable energy in an effort to achieve complete energy independence with a generation capacity of 600 MW by 2020.

The group will invest in wind, solar and hydro as well as in cogeneration, targeting an “optimal mix” which will allow it to produce all the energy it uses, in an environmentally friendly way, Energy Minister Abdelkader Amara said at a mining conference in London last week. (more…)

Morocco Arrests 7 Suspects Planning To Join IS Branch In Libya

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Moroccan police announced on Tuesday that they have arrested seven Islamic State (IS) linked suspects who were planning to join IS branch in Libya, the Moroccan Interior Ministry said in a statement.

According to the statement, the suspects who were active in the southern cities of Marrakesh, Laayoune and Boujdour, were planning to join IS ranks in Syria and Iraq before deciding to go to Libya through Moroccan-Mauritanian borders. (more…)

Morocco Aims To Become World’s Major Fertilizer Producer By 2017

Xinhua China


Morocco will become the world’s largest producer of fertilizers by 2017, said Mostafa Terrab, CEO of the state owned Office Cherifien de Phosphate (OCP).

This goal will be achieved due to the launch of new fertilizer plant dedicated entirely to the African Market, which will produce 12 million tons of fertilizers annually by 2017, Terrab said in an interview published by daily Le Matin on Tuesday. (more…)

Benkirane: Foreign Investments In Morocco Increased By $3.1 Billion During 2015

Middle East Monitor


Morocco’s Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane has said that direct foreign investments in the country increased by $3.1 billion during the year of 2015.

In his response to questions asked by Morocco’s Members of Parliament yesterday, Benkirane said that the increase during 2015 reached $3.1 billion, while at the end of 2010, the foreign investment increased by $1.3 billion. (more…)

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