Energy Eolienne du Maroc (EEM), a major developer of wind energy systems and a fully-owned affiliate of Nareva Holding, has chosen GE Renewable Energy to deliver forty onshore wind turbines for about 200 MW Aftissat onshore wind project extension in Morocco. The Cypress turbines will be rated at 5.0 MW and have a rotor diameter of 158 meters, according to EEM. A twenty-year full-service contract is also part of GE’s scope of work.
The project, which is scheduled to begin operations in 2023, will help industrial enterprises through power purchase agreements (PPAs), in keeping with Morocco’s target of installing 52 percent renewable energy capacity by the year 2030.
This is the first contract in Morocco for Cypress onshore wind platform of GE, which is one of the firm’s biggest onshore wind turbines and the largest Cypress wind facility in Middle East and North Africa. This is in addition to GE Renewable Energy’s 287 MW of established backlog and base in Morocco, including a 200 MW Akhfenir wind facility developed by Nareva and GE in 2016.
Morocco has had a bold energy policy since 2009, putting renewable energy at the heart of the country’s energy mix. Renewable energy will have to account for 52 percent of installed capacity by 2030. This is a watershed moment for the nation, which is on its way to becoming one of the most devoted emerging nations to solar and wind energy growth.
Cypress onshore wind platform provides considerable gains in Annual Energy Production (AEP), enhanced serviceability, logistics, siting possibilities, and, eventually, more value for clients. The 2-piece blade design allows blades to be made at even longer lengths, lowering costs and allowing for more siting possibilities in previously unreachable places.
By assisting the work of its clients, GE Renewable Energy is dedicated to facilitating the energy transition. As portion of that obligation, the company is focused on delivering and managing a worldwide fleet of the renewable energy assets, lowering the cost of the renewable energy, assuring grid resiliency, efficiency, and dependability, and improving the dispatch ability of renewable energy. GE Renewable Energy also contributes to the energy transition by committing to a circular, sustainable design strategy.
Nareva is a Moroccan energy firm owned entirely by the SNI, King Mohammed VI’s holding corporation. The company is working on a number of wind farm projects. The units in Akhenfir, Haouma, and Foum El Oued, each with a capacity of 100 MW, 50 MW, and 50 MW, respectively, sell electric power directly to corporate customers, whereas another in Tarfaya (300 MW) sells its output to the ONEE under a 20-year contract and through the TAREC (Tarfaya Energy Company), a 50–50 joint venture with GDF Suez.