By Sana Elouazi
By Sana Elouazi
“This is the first wind turbine manufacturer in Africa and the Middle East. The plant will produce wind turbine blades made in Morocco based on composite materials,” said the company in a press release.
SGRE said that they chose to build the factory in Tangier, and in Morocco in general, for its healthy business climate.
“This plant is good for our company, and the EUR 100 million we invest here are the result of a well-founded commercial decision. We are investing where we find strong business opportunities. Those in Morocco are stronger than ever,” said Markus Tacke, Siemens Gamesa CEO.
The 37,500 square meter plant is located in the industrial zone of Tangier Automotive City, approximately 35 kilometers from the Tangier Med port and strategically positioned between Europe and Africa.
“This location in Tangier gives us direct access to some of the most important markets of tomorrow – here in Morocco, throughout the Middle East, Europe, Africa and the Mediterranean region,” he added.
Moulay Hafid Elalamy, the Minister of Industry, Investment, Trade, and the Digital Economy, explained that the project fits into Morocco’s green energy goals.
“This precursor project […] announces the development of an ecosystem of the renewable energy industry which will reinforce the strategic choices of Morocco,” said Elalamy.
The new blade plant is expected to play an important role in contributing to Morocco’s national objective of producing up to 52 percent of its electricity from clean energy sources by 2030.