Morocco’s Office National d'Electricite (ONE), the state-owned power utility, concluded a partnership agreement with Niger’s electricity company, Nigelec, under which the two agreed to collaborate on the production and distribution of electricity, reported the North Africa Journal.
The electricity system of the Republic of Niger is highly dependent on energy imports. Presently more than 80 percent of the electric energy distributed by Nigelec is imported from neighboring Nigeria.
Founded in 1968, Nigelec is a mixed company with 95 percent of its shares held by the government. The company is slated for privatization. Nigelec receives power from two local thermal power stations and from the hydroelectric station on the Kainji Dam in Nigeria. Since 1976, Nigelec has reduced its own production and is concentrating on energy purchase, transport and distribution.
Morocco’s ONE is responsible for the generation of thermo and hydraulic electricity, its processing and distribution. There are presently 24 units generating hydraulic electricity in Morocco with a power of 12,000 megawatts and an annual production capacity of 2,017 gegawatt/hour. Dams connected to the hydraulic electricity plants have a storage capacity of 7,868 million cubic meters. — (menareport.com)
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