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Vestas wins 120MW wind turbine order in Morocco

CTBR Staff Writer Published 03 August 2016

Vestas has confirmed an order to supply wind turbines for the 120MW Khalladi project in northern Morocco.

The contract awarded by Acwa Power requires Vestas to supply 40 of its V90-3.0 MW wind turbine for the project, which will be located in the windy Tangiers region in Northern Morocco.

The proposal for the order was announced by Vestas in November, 2015. It was disclosed under the obligations of a listed Danish company.

The contract also includes a 20 year Active Output Management (AOM) 4000 service agreement. This agreement guarantees optimum performance of the wind turbines.

The project is being co-financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Banque Marocaine du Commerce Extérieur (BMCE) and Argan Infrastructure Fund. It is the first renewable energy project in Morocco to be financed by EBRD.

Private producers can sell the electricity produced at this project to industrial off-takers under power purchase agreements.

Delivery of the turbines is expected to start during the second quarter of next year, while the wind farm is planned to be commissioned by the fourth quarter of 2017.

Vestas Mediterranean President Marco Graziano said: “Being Vestas’ first order in Morocco since 2000 this project represents a big step forward for us, as we continue to work hard to build a stronger presence in the country and contribute to the development of the growing Moroccan wind industry.”

The project is part of the Moroccan government plans to increase the share of renewable energy in the nation’s total energy mix.

This is Vestas’ first order in Morocco since 2000. Last October 2015, the company opened an office in Casablanca.

Overall, Vestas has over 900 MW already installed or under construction in Africa.

 


Image: Vestas receives firm order from Acwa Power in Morocco. Photo: Courtesy of Vestas.