“The interconnection of Morocco with the European market constitutes a guarantee of progress”

“The interconnection of Morocco with the European market constitutes a guarantee of progress”
“The interconnection of Morocco with the European market constitutes a guarantee of progress”

Abderrahim El Hafidi, Director General of ONEE, highlighted the fact that the Kingdom benefits from a distribution network surpassing local needs, including 257,000 km for the low voltage line and 100,000 km for the high line. tension. He also underlined that the interconnection of Morocco with the European market constitutes a guarantee of progress and ensures the security of Moroccan power lines.

The Director General of the National Office of Electricity and Drinking Water (ONEE) noted that the Kingdom has made significant progress in various sectors of the national economy, thanks to electrical energy. Since independence, and particularly since 2009, a pivotal year when it was necessary to revise our model of energy sovereignty and kilowatt-hour profitability, Morocco has experienced a significant acceleration of its electric model.

El Hafidi affirmed that, taking into account the infrastructures put in place along the Atlantic coast, Morocco, as Africa’s gateway to the outside world, has built 30,000 km of high and very high voltage lines since its independence. Thanks to this electricity network, we are interconnected to Europe. This synchronous connection allows electricity produced in Morocco to be consumed in Portugal or Spain.

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“The electron has no boundaries,” said Mr. El Hafidi. Thanks to our interconnection achievements, we have reached a capacity of 2100 megawatts with Spain and are considering a 1000 megawatt line with Portugal. We have ambitions to extend our network to the Sahel. It is a network of exceptional power in terms of stability, and we have perfect control of our operations. Today, electricity is an essential engine for the operationalization of all infrastructures and for the implementation of the royal vision on the Atlantic slope.

He added that Morocco’s integration into the European network gives great credibility to the country. By 2030, high voltage lines are expected to reach 40,000 km. The Kingdom is preparing to introduce into the national market a new disruptive technology, HVDC, which represents toll-free electric highways. With a 3000 megawatt HVDC line, Morocco has enormous potential. In addition, the cost per kilowatt hour has decreased considerably.

El Hafidi also highlighted the crucial role of the electricity system, an initiative of His Majesty King Mohammed VI. The decision taken in 2009 in favor of renewable energies is now bearing fruit. The Kingdom produces low-cost electricity in solar power plants and, thanks to wind turbines located in the wind corridors in the south of Morocco, with a load factor exceeding 6,000 hours per year, it operationalizes strategic basic infrastructures.

In addition, Mr. Abderrahim El Hafidi mentioned the opening up of the Sahel countries thanks to the interconnection of Morocco with Mauritania, and the supply of the city of Dakhla with a 400 kilovolt line. Faced with the increase in electricity demand in Dakhla and the challenges posed by endemic drought, the Kingdom has taken courageous decisions. The latest project developed in Casablanca represents more than 65% of the load.

To conclude, Mr. El Hafidi referred to hydrogen, described as a miracle molecule. Hydrogen, obtained by electrolysis of water, will not be exported due to difficulties linked to its density. However, Morocco today needs hydrogen for the production of fertilizers, notably ammonia, which can be used in fertilizers and for combustion to produce electrical energy.

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