ONEE’s energy bill could reach 47.7 billion dirhams in 2022

The Director General of the National Office of Electricity and Drinking Water (ONEE), Abderrahim El Hafidi said, Wednesday in Rabat, that the surge in fuel and electricity prices worldwide has and will negative repercussions on the economic and financial balance of the Office, relevant that the energy bill for 2022 could avoid 47.7 billion dirhams (MMDH).

In a presentation to the Commission for Infrastructure, Energy, Mines and the Environment in the House of Representatives, Mr. El Hafidi specified that the energy bill amounted, on average, to nearly 21 billion dollars over the past four years.

He said he expected an increase of more than 25 billion dirhams in energy and fuel purchases compared to 2021, mainly due to soaring prices internationally.

In order to overcome the constraints facing ONEE and limit the impact of current economic factors, a series of measures have been taken to manage market risk and guarantee fuel supplies.

Among these measures describing the development of an emergency action plan to deal with the constraints arising from the cessation of the operation of natural gas power plants, which have been restored by alternative production methods.

It is also a question, according to the official, of carrying out studies and carrying out consultations to provide the solutions and the necessary measures in order to supply natural gas to the stations of Tahaddart and Ain Beni Mathar, in coordination with the Ministry of Transition. Energy and Sustainable Development and the partners concerned.

These measures are also authorized to guarantee the reserve stock of fuels necessary to ensure the continuity of the operation of the means of electricity production, as well as to conclude contracts for the purchase of coal of sufficient quantity to cover the needs of the electricity Office in the medium term until September 2022.

It is also a matter of improving the purchasing policy and the management of market risks and financial risks affecting the balances of the Office, through the implementation of the trading room project.

In addition, the Director General of ONEE explained that hydrocarbons represent a significant percentage of the cost of producing electrical energy, reaching 44% in 2021, and should amount to 64% in 2022.

He also noted that the Office is working, in coordination with the Ministry of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development and the institutions concerned, to develop a myriad of emergency measures in the field of energy efficiency and demand management, the goal being to mitigate the impact of the global energy crisis on the electricity system.

These measures, according to Mr. El Hafidi, concern the launch of a vast communication and awareness campaign to promote the rational consumption of electricity in addition to the use of energy-efficient technologies and equipment. The aim is to raise the awareness of large industrial consumers so that they get involved in the national effort to reduce the pressure on the electricity system. There is also a question of promoting Bi-Hourly tariffs reserved for the Office’s large low-voltage customers.

The expected annual impacts could result in a reduction of approximately 100 megawatts in demand during peak hours, and the development of programs at the national level to introduce energy-efficient equipment, in particular for lighting for domestic use. and services and a program to replace 10 million lamps with LEDs.

This approach will reduce demand by 275 megawatts during peak hours and save 675 gigawatt hours per year, or a saving of 740 million dirhams on fuel costs, according to ONEE.




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