Moroccan energy farm to use GE wind turbines

The 56 turbines will help meet the country’s renewable energy goals

The contract was agreed this week.
The contract was agreed this week.

General Electric Company will supply wind turbines for a renewable energy project in North Africa.

Developed by Energie Eolienne du Maroc (EEM), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nareva Holding, the 100MW wind farm will be located near Akhfennir, southern Morocco.

The 56 wind turbines will help meet the country’s renewable energy goals, while offering EEM economic returns.

The contract complements the government of Morocco’s Integrated Wind Energy Project, which aims to generate 2000MW of wind power by 2020.

Authorities have earmarked $3bn for the project.

“This agreement highlights our commitment to Morocco’s wind energy development,” said Jeff Immelt, GE’s chairman and CEO.

GE’s global fleet of more than 23,000 wind turbines provides more than 37GW of installed wind energy capacity, and operates with over 98% availability.

The power generated by the plant is intended to support industrial companies under Morocco’s Power Purchase Agreement.

Akhfennir is one of the wind farms in the first phase of the Moroccan Integrated Wind Energy project to produce over 720MW.

Five new sites are being planned to utilise Morocco’s strong potential in wind power, estimated at 25,000MW.

“Morocco is taking significant strides in achieving the Integrated Wind Energy Strategy to increase wind’s portion of the national energy mix to over 14 percent by 2020,” said Ahmed Nakkouch, CEO of Nareva Holding.

“Additionally, this farm will help by adding renewable power to the grid and help meet the country’s growing demand for power. GE’s wind turbines have proven performance and reliability, adding further value to the project.”

Morocco’s Renewable Energy Law supports energy production from renewable resources.

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