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Alstom confirms French Haliade factory plans

FRANCE: Alstom will go ahead with building two factories at Cherbourg, manufacturing blades and towers for the Haliade 6MW turbine.

Morocco 850MW tender deadline extended

MOROCCO: The deadline for bids for 850MW of wind power has been extended at the request of the five bidders in order to "optimise their offers", the National Office of Energy and Water (ONEE) said.

Company merger: GE shifts wind focus to France with Pecresse appointment

Since GE first made overtures to Alstom about a possible takeover deal last year, little has been revealed about what the US company plans to do with the business. This is especially true of the wind division, where the two companies cross over in products and market presence.

Gallery: Inside Alstom's Saint Nazaire facility

FRANCE: Alstom opened its new factory in France in December, where it will make its 6MW Haliade offshore turbine.

Market Status: Belgium - Long-term prospects better for offshore

Belgium added a healthy 308MW in 2014, including 216MW offshore, bringing total installed capacity to 1.96GW, of which 712MW is offshore.

Market Status: Middle East & North Africa - Some encouraging signs despite unrest

Despite widespread political unrest, the region saw 346MW installed in 2014, against 257MW the previous year. While some markets have ground to a halt there are encouraging signs in others, notably in Egypt and Morocco.

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