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    Victory Amah

      On the 11th of December 2017, the first-ever “made in Morocco” wind turbine left the kingdom from Tangier’s Siemens Gamesa factory to the Tanger Med Port and subsequently exported to its final destination, making it the first African country to export wing blades.

      African countries have consistently made an impact globally, breaking records both continentally and inter-continentally. Morocco toeing this path, announced the inauguration of its wind turbine blade unit in October.

      Following its inauguration, Siemens Gamesa announced the shipping of its first wind turbine which is 63 meters long and weighs up to 17 tons. This major operation is the first in Morocco to successfully locate and transport some of the world’s largest and most advanced manufactured Aeolian parts, especially since it required the handling of cumbersome components and considerable logistics.

      There was a challenge in routing the blade which was solved by a partnership between the Tangier Mediterranean Special Agency, the local authorities, and the National Motorway Company of Morocco. The agreement signed by Siemens Gamesa was for the use of the motorway infrastructure between the Tangier Automotive City and Tangier Med Port.

      While giving a statement, the director general of ADM stated that his company is “adapting to the new needs specific to each economic pole.” The feasibility of transporting colossal industrial equipment was guaranteed by ADM and it allowed the shipping of blade molds for local production which necessitated additional arrangements for exceptional passages at the entrance of the Tangier Highway East and at the exit of Tangier Med.

      “To strengthen the competitiveness of our territories, ADM is not content to invest in infrastructures and their maintenance. We also make the necessary adjustments to strengthen the economic development of Morocco by relying on its highway infrastructure,” Benazzouz added.

      For his part, Ralph Sperrazza, the director of the Tangier plant, said that while the Tangier factory “initially began production of 63 meters long blades, the plant is designed to manufacture much larger models, in anticipation of future technological developments.”

      “The blades coming out of our Moroccan unit will be among the largest single-piece composite parts in the world,” Sperrazza added.

      Due to its strategic geographical location, Tanger Med offers all the conditions required to competitively serve the wind markets of Siemens Gamesa.

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