Agreement signed to build Fask hydropower plant in Morocco

Qatar and Morocco are reported to have signed a partnership agreement to build the Fask hydropower plant on the Oued Sayad in Morocco.

According to the Ecofin Agency website, the agreement was signed by Qatar’s ambassador to Morocco and Morocco’s deputy minister of water and minister of interior.

The $150 million project, in Guelmim Province, will be fully funded by Qatar and developed from 2017 to 2025. The generating capacity of the facility has not been disclosed.

The dam will have a retention capacity of 78 million cubic meters of water, Ecofin Agency says.

Beyond hydropower, other benefits of the development include boosting access to drinking water and contributing to agricultural development.

In February 2016, HydroWorld reported that a France-based company called Voltalia SA had filed authorization applications to develop four hydroelectric plants with a total installed capacity of 40 MW.

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Elizabeth Ingram is content director for the Hydro Review website and HYDROVISION International. She has more than 17 years of experience with the hydroelectric power industry. Follow her on Twitter @ElizabethIngra4 .

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