Safi power station, Morocco

Clean coal power for nationals and renewables for export to Europe? The interesting story of Safi, whose citizens do not believe in the clean power promises and they still remember air pollution from major sulphur dioxide leaks five years ago.


The Safi power station project includes a proposed coal-fired thermal plant, which would be located just outside of the city of Safi, situated between Agadir and Casablanca alongside the Atlantic coast.

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Basic Data
NameSafi power station, Morocco
ProvinceDoukkala-Abda region
SiteSafi (called Asfi in Berber)
Accuracy of LocationHIGH local level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Fossil Fuels and Climate Justice/Energy
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Coal extraction and processing
Thermal power plants
Specific CommoditiesElectricity
Project Details and Actors
Project DetailsThe Safi coal-fired thermal powerplant would have a capacity of around 1,320 MW.

The plant is believed to increase Morocco's coal imports by 3.5 million tonnes per year.
Project Area (in hectares)N/A
Level of Investment (in USD)Estimated cost: 2,700,000,000 USD
Type of PopulationUrban
Potential Affected PopulationUp to 200,000 affected by air pollution of the city of Safi
Start Date01/03/2014
Company Names or State EnterprisesSafi Energy Company S.A. from Morocco
Nareva Holding from Morocco
GDF Suez (GDF Suez) from France
Mitsui & Co Ltd from Japan
Daewoo International from Republic of Korea
Relevant government actorsOffice National de l'Éléctricité et de l'Eau Potable (ONEE)
International and Financial InstitutionsBank of Japan from Japan
BMCE Bank from Morocco
Attijariwafa Bank from Morocco
Attijariwafa Bank from Morocco
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersضد مشروع المحطة الحرارية- آسفي

Contre Centrale Thermique (Unofficial translation: Against the thermal power plant project– Safi):
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)LOW (some local organising)
When did the mobilization beginPREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups MobilizingNeighbours/citizens/communities
Social movements
Forms of MobilizationDevelopment of a network/collective action
Media based activism/alternative media
Objections to the EIA
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Street protest/marches
Occupation of buildings/public spaces
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Air pollution
Health ImpactsVisible: Other environmental related diseases
OtherRespiratory problems
Socio-economic ImpactsPotential: Loss of livelihood
Project StatusUnder construction
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseStrengthening of participation
Under negotiation
Development of AlternativesA representative of a local environmental organization holding a campaign against the thermal power station said that local protesters would call for a solar energy plant to be built instead of the thermal plant.[2]
Do you consider this as a success?No
Why? Explain briefly.Despite opposition from local residents, the Safi coal-fired thermal powerplant is now under construction.
Sources and Materials

Safi independent power project (2x693 MW) in Morocco reaches Financial Close and will start construction, Press Release, GDF Suez, 18 September 2014,
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U.S. Department of the Interior (2010), 2008 Minerals Yearbook, Morocco and Western Sahara, The Mineral Industries of Morocco and Western Sahara, by Harold R. Newman, U.S. Geological Survey, September 2010,
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Safi thermal power plant project, Morocco, by Sheila Barradas, Creamer Media's Engineering News, 24 October 2014,
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[2] Moroccans protest against new 'polluting' power plant, by salaheddinabir, France International News 24/7, The Observers, 3 April 2014,
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[1] Safi Energy secures $2.6 billion financing to build Moroccan power plant, by Aziz El Yaakoubi and Pravin Char, Reuters, 18 September 2014,
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Safi: Les habitants manifestent contre le projet de centrale thermique, by Ristel Tchounand, Yabiladi, 3 April 2014,
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Media Links

Video of March 2014 protests in Safi:
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Other Documents

Protesters in SAFI Source:
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Campaigners against air pollution Source:
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