Aftissat wind farm in Morocco to expand
The Aftissat wind farm in Morocco is in the process of being enlarged. This follows the selection of GE Renewable Energy, a subsidiary of the American conglomerate General Electric (GE), to deploy its Cypress technology comprising the installation of 40 onshore wind turbines with a nominal capacity of 5 MW, and a rotor diameter. of 158 m for the project.
The company was selected by Énergie Windien du Maroc (EEM), a subsidiary of Nareva Holding and owner of the Aftissat wind farm, whose commercial operation began in October 2018. The wind farm, located 50 kilometers south of the Boujdour city in southern Morocco currently has a total of 56 Siemens turbines with a nominal capacity of 3.6 MW, for a total capacity of 201.6 MW.
GE Renewable Energy is expected to commission the new turbines in 2023, on which the capacity of the Aftissat wind farm will be increased to 401.6 MW, making the installation the largest of its kind in the North African country.
The electricity produced in the facility, which GE Renewable Energy is also expected to operate for a period of 20 years, is intended to support industrial companies under power purchase contracts, in line with Morocco’s goal of install 52% of renewable energy capacity by 2030.
The extension of the Aftissat wind farm will also increase the installed capacity of the Nareva group, which currently operates the 300 MW Tarfaya wind farm with Engie, the 50.6 MW Foum El Oued wind farm, the 50 , 6 MW from Haouma and the 201.1 MW park from Akhfennir. 1 and 2 wind farms.