An agreement of understanding for the construction of a manufacturing plant that produces wind turbine blades in Morocco was signed on Wednesday. It was signed between the Minister for Industry, Trade, Investment and the Digital economy, Moulay Hafid Elalamy, the Minister for Energy, Mines, Water and the Environment, Abdelkader Amara, and the CEO of Siemens Wind Power and Renewables, Markus Tacke.
This major project, with a total investment of 100 million Euros, will create almost 1,200 direct and indirect jobs. Construction on the factory should start in spring 2016, with production starting in spring 2017.
Siemens’ future plant in Tangier, whose output will primarily be destined for export, will produce 63-meter long blades in composite fibres. These will be amongst the largest products currently made out of this material around the world.
“We invest where output seems to be the greatest” commented Markus Tacke, General Manager of the Wind Power and Renewables division of Siemens. “Morocco is ideally situated to supply terrestrial wind turbines to growing markets in North Africa, the Middle East and Europe. The economy is solid, the political climate stable and Morocco has a young, qualified and motivated work force. All of these factors make Tangier an ideal choice for building this ultramodern factory.”
The production unit is expected to cover 37,500 square meters (roughly five soccer fields). It will be located in the Tangier industrial zone, known as Automotive City, 35 km from the Tangier-Med port.
Siemens already has several significant renewable energy projects in Morocco, such as the Tarfaya wind park with an output of 200 megawatts, and the 50-megawatt Haouma Park, in partnership with Moroccan company Nareva.