Jorf Lasfar power station

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Jorf Lasfar power station is a 2,056-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Doukkala-Abda Region, Morocco.


The map below shows the location of the plant, in El Jorf Lasfar, El Jadida Province, Doukkala-Abda Region.

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The plant is owned by Jorf Lasfar Energy, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi National Energy Company. The original power plant comprises four subcritical units:[1]

  • Unit 1 - 330 MW - 1994
  • Unit 2 - 330 MW - 1994
  • Unit 3 - 348 MW - 2000
  • Unit 4 - 348 MW - 2001


In May 2011 Mitsui & Co. announced that a consortium consisting of Mitsui and Daewoo had entered into an engineering, procurement and construction contract with Jorf Lasfar Energy Company for the construction of a 700MW coal-fired power plant at the existing Jorf Lasfar power plant site.[2]

On June 25, 2012, it was reported that financing worth US$1.4 billion had been put in place for Jorf Lasfar Energy to add units five and six (350 MW each) to the plant, for an overall capacity of 2,056 MW. Banks involved in the project include BNP Paribas, Société Générale, Standard Chartered, and Morocco's Banque Centrale Populaire. The expansion work was expected to begin at the end of 2013.[3][4][1]

Financing for the new units closed in January 2013. Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI) and Export-Import Bank of Korea (Korea Eximbank) provided direct loans and loan guarantees for more than 50% of the total project debt, marking the first involvement of Japanese and Korean export credit agencies in Moroccan project finance. Construction began in 2010,[5] and was completed by July 2014.[6]

Project Details for Unit 5 and 6 expansion

  • Sponsor: Lasfar Energy
  • Parent company: Abu Dhabi National Energy (TAQA)
  • Location: El Jorf Lasfar, El Jadida Province, Doukkala-Abda Region, Morocco
  • Coordinates: 33.1048, -8.6367 (exact)
  • Status: Operating (2014)
  • Gross Capacity: 700 MW (Units 5-6: 350 MW)
  • Type: Subcritical
  • Coal Type: Bituminous
  • Coal Source:
  • Source of financing: Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI), and Export-Import Bank of Korea (Korea Eximbank)

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Jorf Lasfar (JLEC) Thermal Power Plant Morocco," Global Energy Observatory, accessed October 2014
  2. "orf Lasfar Energy Company 5&6 (JLEC 5&6) - Morocco/ Signing of the EPC contract for a coal-fired power plant," Mitsui, May 10, 2011
  3. Kelvin Ross, "Moroccan coal plant in $1.4bn expansion," Power Engineering International, June 25, 2012.
  4. "Coal-Fired Plants Financed by International Public Investment Institutions Since 1994", Appendix to Foreclosing the Future: Coal, Climate and International Public Finance: Investment in coal-fired power plants hinders the fight against global warming, Environmental Defense, April 2009.
  5. "TAQA closes financing for Morocco power plant expansion," TAQA Morocco press release, January 28, 2013
  6. "Completion of Jorf Lasfar power plant extension Units 5 & 6 in Morocco," Lahmeyer International, July 22, 2014

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