Jerada power station

From Global Energy Monitor
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Jerada power station is a 515-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Jerada Province, Morocco. An additional 350 MW expansion was announced in 2019.


The map below shows the location of the plant, near Jerada, Jerada Province, Oriental Region.

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The original Jerada power station consisted of three 55 MW subcritical units. The first two units were commissioned in 1971, and the last in 1972. Coal was supplied by the adjacent Jerada Coal Mine.[1]

Coal mining in Morocco ended in 2000, when output amounted to approximately 12,000 tons per year. The Jerada Mine was closed for technical and economic reasons, following a continual decline in production since the 1980s. Morocco therefore depends on coal imports, mostly from South Africa and Russia, to meet demand.[2]


In July 2013 the Chinese firm Shandong Electric Power Construction Corporation (Sepco III) signed a contract with the Morocco government to build a new 318 MW unit at the Jerada power station.[3]

In September 2014 Morocco's National Office of Electricity (ONEE) and the Export & Import (Exim) Bank of the People’s Republic of China signed a loan agreement of US$300 million to finance construction of the plant, which is planned to start operating in the 4th quarter of 2017.[4]

In May 2016 the leaders of China and Morocco agreed for ONEE and China's SEPCO III "to conduct studies on extending and maintaining Morocco's Jerada power plant." It was one of 15 public-private partnership agreements made between the nation's leaders.[5]

In July 2017 ONEE and SEPCOIII signed a long-term O&M contract for the plant, which was reported to be 350 MW.[6]

The new unit was commissioned in 2017.[7]

The addition of a fifth unit was examined by the regional government, and the project’s potential for job creation was put forward as a motive for its construction.[2] In a 2019-2023 plan, ONEE noted the Jerada power station will be expanded by another 350 MW after 2023 (by 2025).[8][9]

Project Details of Expansion

  • Sponsor: Office National de l'Electricité et de l'Eau Potable, SEPCO III
  • Parent company: ONEE
  • Location: Jerada, Morocco
  • Coordinates: 34.3096, -2.1908 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Capacity: Unit 4: 350 MW (Operating), Unit 5: 350 MW (Announced)
  • Type: Supercritical
  • Start date: Unit 4: 2017, Unit 5: 2025 (proposed)
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source: Import
  • Source of financing: For Unit 4, US$300 million in debt from Export & Import (Exim) Bank of the People’s Republic of China[10]

Articles and resources


  1. "Jerada Coal Power Plant Morocco" Global Energy Observatory, accessed February 28, 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "The role of coal in the energy mix of MENA countries and alternative pathways," Navigant, January 17, 2020
  3. "Chinese firm Sepco III to build coal power plant in Morocco" The Africa Report, July 26, 2013.
  4. "Morocco's ONEE, China Exim Bank sign USD 299.88 million loan agreement to finance new coal power plant," MAP, September 24, 2014
  5. "Morocco, China Strengthen Business Ties During King Mohammed VI's Historic Visit to Beijing," MarketWired, May 13, 2016
  6. "Contract Signed! Long-term O&M Contract of Morocco Jerada 1×350MW Supercritical Thermal Power Station," SEPCOIII, July 18, 2017
  7. "POWERCHINA and Morocco team up for first time with coal-fired plant," PowerChina, September 19, 2017
  8. "L’Office Inaugure une Nouvelle Etape avec un Ambitieux Programme d’Investissement pour la Periode 2019-2023," Conseil d’Administration de l’ONEE, 2019
  9. "ONEE plans to invest US$2.7bn in the Moroccan power sector by 2023," Energy Central, July 26, 2019
  10. "Preview of Jerada Coal-Fired Power Plant (318MW) | Transaction | IJGlobal". Retrieved December 10, 2020.

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