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    Escrapalia auctions 73 wind turbines as part of Africa's first wind turbine repowering operation


    September 16, 2022 - CE Noticias Financieras

     

      The sale will be divided into different telematic 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 the ten units at a starting price of 150 euros. 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 -Surus informs-, as the wind farm is dismantled, the following auctions will be held until March 5, 2023.

      The Spanish company Surus will dismantle the entire wind farm

      The auction is part of the total dismantling project of the Koudia Al Baida wind farm, located in Tangier-Tetouan-Al (Hoceïma). The project has been awarded by the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (Masen) to Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, which in turn relies on the expertise of Surus, a Spanish company in charge not only of the sale but also of its associated processes, including the dismantling of the wind turbines, demolition of foundations and landscape recovery to minimize the visual and environmental footprint.

      The Surus Group will apply to this project the experience acquired in Zas and Corme (La Coruña), where it removed 141 wind turbines of 42.3 MW to install 17 wind turbines (42.3 MW), or in Malpica (La Coruña), removing 69 turbines (totaling 15.07 MW) and replacing them with seven turbines totaling 16.45 MW, which represents, according to Surus, up to 65% of the megawatts of the total repowering carried out in Spain.

      The works will start on the 26th of this month and will last until March 5, 2023. The Surus Group includes this project in its sustainability policy, which is based "on the principles of the Circular Economy, seeking to extend the life cycle of equipment and reduce waste through the reuse of assets and recycling". Surus explains that it approaches its decommissioning projects "from the perspective of maximizing the three angles of value generation: environmental, economic and social."

      Second life: wind blades converted into raw material for cement

      The Spanish company recalls that blade recycling is "one of the most complicated issues to address in terms of sustainability when repowering a wind farm, since fiberglass management is very complicated".

      Well, in the case of this project, Surus explains that it will take the surplus blades to a specialized plant, where they will be shredded. Then, this already 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," the company concludes, "241 tons of waste that would be generated with the blades 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 E.

      In operation since 2000

      The Koudia Al Baida wind farm is in the process of being repowered. The expansion plan carried out by the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (Masen) plans to make it one of the largest in the Kingdom. The wind farm has been in operation since 2000, with a capacity of 50.4 megawatts distributed among 84 wind turbines.

      Through this repowering project, the farm will increase its capacity to about 100 megawatts (100 MW). The repowering involves dismantling the existing turbines and replacing them with a new generation of more efficient wind turbines.

      Surus Credentials

      Surus, which has been in business for more than ten years, presents itself as "a company specialized in recovering value through the principles of the circular economy". The company boasts of accompanying its clients "in the transition from linear business models to more responsible and sustainable business models, advising, executing circular projects and de-implementations and selling assets". Surus specializes in managing sales in secondary markets through its Escrapalia platform, Spain's leading international B2B buyer.

      Escrapalia

      The Madrid-based auction portal Escrapalia.com was founded in 2010 by the Surus Group. Since then, it has carried out the auction of more than 95,000 lots sold, in which more than 188,000 national and international users have participated.

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