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Siemens Gamesa opens blade manufacturing facility in Morocco

CTBR Staff Writer Published 12 October 2017

Siemens Gamesa has inaugurated a new blade manufacturing facility in Tangier, Morocco which will serve the demand for wind turbines in Africa and the Middle East region.

It is being hailed as the first blade plant in the African and Middle East region and is expected to produce 75 meter-long blades, which will equip SWT-DD-130 platform turbines with a power rating of up to 4.2MW.

The new factory will be spread across in an area of 37,500 m2 and is located in the industrial zone of Tanger Automotive City about 35km from Tanger-Med port and is ideally positioned between Europe and Africa.

Siemens Gamesa onshore business CEO, Ricardo Chocarro said: “In Morocco, the demand for electricity increased at an average annual rate of 6.7% from 2003 to 2013. Thus, renewable energy is particularly attractive, offering a secure supply of domestically-produced power and contributing to energy independence.

“Our commitment to the government and people of Morocco is clear: we will work together with you in meeting your energy challenges, today and in the future.”

The new blade factory is expected to play an important role in contributing towards Morocco’s national program to generate up to 52% of its electricity from green sources by 2030. Out of the 52%, 20% is expected to come from wind.

Siemens Gamesa Nareva and ENEL have already formed a consortium for the development of an 850MW project.

As per its Accelerated Industrialization Plan launched in April 2014 by the Ministry of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy, the plant can create 600 new jobs along with an estimated 500 auxiliary jobs.

Morocco’s Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy Minister, El Alamy said: "The first wind turbine blades in Africa and the Middle East will be produced in Tangier and it represents a pride for the Kingdom.

“This pioneer project allows localizing value and announces the development of an ecosystem "renewable energy industry" which reinforces the strategic choices of Morocco, under the leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, aimed at the development of a green economy."

Image: Siemens Gamesa starts new blade factory in Morocco. Photo: Courtesy of Andrew Purtell/FreeImages.com.