Morocco Stepping Up Energy Supply Diversification, Minister Says

Morocco is stepping up efforts to diversify its energy sources to decrease its dependence on imports, Energy, Mines and Water Minister Amina Benkhadra said.

“Our new energy strategy is based on security of supply,” Benkhadra said yesterday in an interview in Marrakech, where she was attending a conference. “We have developed a very large mix of energy with oil, coal, gas and renewable energy.”

Morocco, which imports around 95 percent of its energy, is planning to generate 2,000 megawatts of solar energy and a further 2,000 megawatts of wind energy by 2020, Benkhadra said.

The kingdom’s energy bill in 2010 is expected to rise to 62 billion Moroccan dirhams ($7.3 billion), including 53 billion dirhams for crude and oil products, from last year’s 48 billion dirhams, including 44 billion dirhams, according to Benkhadra.

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