Wind energy companies silent on controversial plans
In early July, WSRW contacted the energy companies that are pre-qualified to build windmills in occupied Western Sahara. The response has been meager.
Published: 06.08 - 2013 13:27Printer version    
On 2 and 3 July 2013, Western Sahara Resource Watch contacted 16 companies that were prequalified for a controversial tender to build wind energy farms in occupied Western Sahara for the Moroccan government. WSRW asked, among other things, what these companies had done to assure that the projects take the wishes of the people of Western Sahara into consideration.

So far, WSRW has received the following response letters.

From Alstrom, 17 July 2013.
From Vestas, 9 July 2013

However, both Alstom and Vestas failed to reply to the question in our letter.

General Electric announced in July it had pulled out of the tender.

The remaining companies contacted on 2-3 July have not responded: ACCIONA, Al Ajial, EDF Nouvelles Energies, Mitsui & Co, ACWA Power, Gamesa, NAREVA Holding, TAQA, Siemens, Enel, International Power Ltd - GDF Suez.

The companies were asked to respond before 20 July 2013.




Morocco occupies the major part of its neighbouring country, Western Sahara. Entering into business deals with Moroccan companies or authorities in the occupied territories gives an impression of political legitimacy to the occupation. It also gives job opportunities to Moroccan settlers and income to the Moroccan government. Western Sahara Resource Watch demands foreign companies leave Western Sahara until a solution to the conflict is found.
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