Work is nearing completion on the 10.2 MW wind power plant beside Lafarge Maroc's cement works near Tetouan in northern Morocco. Lafarge Maroc, a large building supplies company with diversified interests in the construction sector, contracted French developer La Compagnie du Vent to supply and build the wind plant. During the construction phase, the company had to take the unusual step of erecting fences and illuminated signs to protect the shepherds grazing their goats around the site. The 12 Gamesa 850 kW turbines, which are due to start turning by the end of the month, are expected to supply up to 40% of the cement works' electricity needs. La Compagnie du Vent previously built Morocco's biggest wind power station, the 50.4 MW Al Koudia Al Ba•da plant consisting of Vestas wind turbines, also in northern Morocco. The plant provides about 1% of the country's electricity.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol