Recently Alstom signed a contract for a new wind farm Akhfenir with Nareva Holding, a subsidiary of ONA, main industrial and financial group in Morocco. This is the first contract for Alstom on the wind market of Morocco.
Its commissioning will occur in 2011 and will consist of 61 Alstom ECO74 wind turbines providing over 100 MW of renewable energy to customers in the private industrial Morocco, mainly in the program EnergiPro.
Under the terms of the contract, Alstom will be responsible for the supply, installation and commissioning of the wind farm. The group will also be responsible for maintenance and operation during the first five years. During the installation phase, Alstom has provided for the hiring of nearly 45 people working on the site, and 16 other people for the operation and maintenance.
Morocco has committed to produce 42% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020, a third will come from wind. Alstom is present in the hydropower sector and has already installed 800 MW, more than half of the country’s installed hydropower basis.
“Alstom is proud of signing the new contract in the Kingdom of Morocco, which allows the group and its client to reinforce the wind industry, according to environmental policies of the country,” said Philippe Cochet, Senior Vice President of Alstom Hydro and Wind. The contract is the first contract in terms of wind power in Morocco and represents a promising step forward for future projects in the sector.”