Vestas, a leading wind energy company of Denmark, will supply Morocco with 40 units of the V90-3.0 MW wind turbine for the 120 MW Khalladi wind park project located in the Tangiers region in the North of the country.
Under the contract, sealed with Acwa Power company, a private investor & power operator in MENA region, Asia and Africa, Vestas will supply the wind turbines and ensure a 20-year Active Output Management (AOM) 4000 service to guarantee the optimal performance of the wind park.
The Khalladi wind park is the first renewable energy project financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in Morocco that allows private producers to sell electricity through power purchase agreements to industrial off-takers.
In addition to EBRD, the project will be co-financed by the Moroccan bank BMCE and Argan Infrastructure Fund, an Africa-focused infrastructure fund managed by Infra Invest.
Turbine delivery is planned for the second quarter of 2017, while commissioning is expected for the fourth quarter of 2017.
President of Vestas Mediterranean Marco Graziano said this is Vestas’ first order in Morocco since 2000. “This project represents a big step forward for us, as we continue to work hard to build a stronger presence in the country and contribute to the development of the growing Moroccan wind industry”, he added.
Morocco has put in place an ambitious plan to accelerate the deployment of wind energy. The Moroccan integrated energy project seeks to increase the share of wind power in the national energy mix to around 20 percent by 2020.
Vestas wind turbines deliver clean energy that supports the global fight against climate change and helps to reduce carbon emissions, while building energy security and independence.
Vestas has delivered wind energy in 75 countries, providing jobs for around 21,500 people at its project sites, research facilities, factories and offices all over the world.
The Danish company has more than 900 MW already installed or currently under construction throughout Africa.