Siemens Gamesa opens new rotor blade plant in Tangier, Morocco

13 October 2017 (Last Updated November 23rd, 2017 12:00)

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has opened a new plant in Morocco to produce wind turbine rotor blades with composite materials.

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has opened a new plant in Morocco to produce wind turbine rotor blades with composite materials.

Being SGRE’s first facility in Africa and the Middle East, the plant will be used to manufacture 63m B63-10 blades to be featured in SWT-DD-130 and SWT-DD-130 turbines.

Spanning an area of 37,500m², the factory is expected to serve markets in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, as well as local projects.

A 3,500m² training centre has been established at the plant to facilitate technical and other training to support manufacturing.

"Establishment of the blade factory is expected to help Morocco’s national programme, which aims to produce up to 52% of clean electricity by 2030."

The facility began production in April this year and is expected to create around 600 jobs and 500 auxiliary positions.

SGRECEO Markus Tacke said: “This factory is good for our company and a solid business decision.

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

“This location in Tangier provides us with direct access to some of the most important markets of tomorrow here in Morocco, throughout the Middle East, in Europe, and in the Mediterranean region.”

Establishment of the blade factory is expected to help Morocco’s national programme, which aims to produce up to 52% of clean electricity by 2030. Of the total output, 20% is set to be generated by wind sources.