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    Siemens Gamesa to repower a wind farm in Morocco to be dismantled by Spanish company Surus


    September 16, 2022 - CE Noticias Financieras

     

      Siemens Gamesa has been awarded the contract to repower the Koudia Al Baida wind farm in Morocco, which has been in operation since 2000 and has a capacity of 50.4 MW based on 84 wind turbines.

      MADRID, 15 (EUROPA PRESS)

      Thanks to this repowering project, the wind farm, located in Tangier-Tetouan-Al (Hoceïma), will increase its capacity to about 100 MW. The Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (Masen) plans to make it one of the largest in the Alaouite kingdom.

      The repowering involves the total dismantling of the existing turbines and their replacement by a new generation of more efficient wind turbines. The Spanish group Surus is participating in the dismantling thanks to its circular repowering model, which maximizes the economic benefit and minimizes the environmental impact.

      Work will begin on the 26th of this month and will last until March 5, 2023. Surus, through its online platform Escrapalia, has put 73 wind turbines up for public auction. These are Vestas V42 wind turbines, manufactured between 1999 and 2000. Each wind turbine, with an output of 600 kW, includes the nacelle and rotor.

      The sale will be divided into different online auctions through Escrapalia. The first of these, already available on the portal, features 10 complete wind turbines that can be purchased by units, as individual lots or as a single joint lot of all ten units at a starting price of E150.

      From September 5 until September 29, any investor, company or individual can bid for these first lots. In addition, on September 21 and 22, a visit to the wind farm will take place so that interested parties can check the condition of the equipment in situ.

      Given the magnitude of the project, as it is dismantled, the following auctions will be held until March 5, 2023.

      BLADE RECYCLING

      Blade recycling is one of the most complicated issues to address in terms of sustainability when repowering a wind farm, as fiberglass management is very complicated.

      In the case of this project, Surus will be in charge of recycling the surplus blades, which will be taken to a specialized plant where they will be shredded. This shredded material will be taken to a cement plant and used for the manufacture of cement, thus re-entering the production process, which means zero waste generation. In this way, 241 tons of waste that would be generated by the shovels alone will be avoided.

      In addition to managing the sale of the wind turbines, a second life will also be sought for the wind farm's transformation centers. In this first auction, already open for bids, 20 units of the Alcatel 630 KVA brand will be auctioned with a starting price of 150 euros.

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