Siemens Gamesa opens African blade factory

MOROCCO: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has officially inaugurated its new rotor blade manufacturing plant in Tangier, the first such facility in Africa and the Middle East.

A blade outside SGRE's new manufacturing facility in Morocco
A blade outside SGRE's new manufacturing facility in Morocco

The 37,500m2 plant, which started pilot production in April, will make 63-metre composite blades for SGRE’s SWT-DD-130 platform for local projects and export to Europe, the Middle East, and other African countries.

Other blade types — up to 75 metres in length — could be added to the factory’s output in the future. The plant will create 600 jobs.

"This project is good for our company and a solid business decision," said SGRE CEO Markus Tacke.

"We invest where we see strong business opportunities, and the opportunities here in Morocco are stronger than ever before," he said.

Morocco is aiming to generate 52% of its electricity from clean energy sources by 2030. Wind power is targeted to account for 20% of the total.

According to Windpower Intelligence, the data division of Windpower Monthly, Morocco currently has 787MW of installed wind capacity.

The new plant will provide blades for the 850MW of new projects that SGRE, in a consortium with Enel and Nareva, won in a competitive tender in March.  

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