Morocco and coal

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Morocco has produces minor amounts of coal but is increasing its reliance on coal-fired power stations.

Coal Mining

The USGS reports that approximately 650,000 tonnes of anthracite was produced from the Jerada coal mine. The mine is operated by Charbonnages du Maroc, a 98.89% owned subsidiary of Bureau de Recherches de Participations.[1]

Power Stations

Proposed coal-fired power stations

  • Safi power station, a coal-fired power station; The USGS reports that "the power utility l’Office National de l’Électricite (ONE) reported that it would initiate a major independent power project (IPP) at Safi, which is located halfway between Agadir and Casablanca on the west coast. The coal-fired thermal powerplant would have a capacity of about 1,320 megawatts (MW) and would be the second IPP after Jorf Lasfar. In 2008, Morocco had an installed capacity of 5,292 MW. When it comes onstream in 2012, the plant was expected to produce 27% of Morocco’s annual energy requirement, which was increasing at a rate of 8.3% per year. The project had an estimated cost of $2.7 billion and would include clean-coal technology to help reduce the facility’s carbon dioxide emissions."[1]

Coal-fired power stations financed by international public investment institutions

Coal-fired power stations financed by international public investment institutions include:[2]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 Harold R. Newman, "The Mineral Industries of Morocco and Western Sahara", U.S. Geological Survey, February 2010.
  2. "Coal Fired Plants Financed by International Public Investment Institutions since 1994", Appendix A in 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.

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