Siemens Gamesa has recent inaugurated their first wind turbine blade plant in Tangier Morocco, which is ideally situated between Europe and Africa.
The 37,500 square meter plant will provide 600 jobs with an additional 500 auxiliary jobs and has already started production of blades since April of this year. Another 3,500 square meter training center was created to ‘complete transfer of the technical and process skill sets necessary to optimize the manufacturing process.’
The Minister of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy in Morocco, Mr El Alamy, said, ”The first wind turbine blades in Africa and the Middle East will be produced in Tangier and it represents a pride for the Kingdom. This pioneer project allows localizing value and announces the development of an ecosystem “renewable energy industry” which reinforces the strategic choices of Morocco, under the leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, aimed at the development of a green economy.”
CEO of Siemens Gamesa, 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.”
Onshore Business CEO of Siemens Gamesa, Ricardo Chocarro said, “In Morocco, the demand for electricity increased at an average annual rate of 6.7% from 2003 to 2013. Thus, renewable energy is particularly attractive, offering a secure supply of domestically-produced power and contributing to energy independence. Our commitment to the government and people of Morocco is clear: we will work together with you in meeting your energy challenges, today and in the future.”