On Friday 21 October, Italcementi Group inaugurated the wind park in Laayoune in the presence of the Secretary General to the Morocco’s Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment, Mr. Mohammed Yahya Zniber, the CEO of Italcementi, Mr. Carlo Pesenti and the General Manager of Ciments du Maroc, Mr.Mohamed Chaibi.
The wind farm, realized thanks to Italgen know-how and with a total investment of 100 million dirham, is located in the area of the Indusaha grinding center in Laayoune. The decision to locate the wind park in southern Morocco fell in line with the government’s economic growth strategy for industrial investment in this area, and also found favor with the Morocco’s National Electricity Office (ONE), which needs to increase power supply capacity in the south of the country.
In his speech Mr. Pesenti underlined the historical presence and interest of the Group in Morocco “Reducing the environmental impact of its industrial operations has been an Italcementi priority for many years and, in line with Kyoto principles, the Group has conducted several studies on wind power installations at its plants. The project in Morocco is the first tangible step in this direction.” The project is an important new development in Morocco: one of the most interesting private investments in the energy sector. The wind farm will primarily serve the Laayoune plant; surplus of energy not consumed in the plant will be released into ONE’s national energy grid, which will virtually transport the energy to other Ciments du Maroc sites.In his turn, Mr. Zniber expressed his gratitude and appreciation for the contribution made by Italcementi Group in the field of renewable energy and outlined: “The wind farm of Indusaha is in line with the Moroccan strategy towards energy use. Morocco has undertaken a vast wind energy program, to support the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency in the country. The Moroccan Integrated Wind Energy Project, spanning over a period of 10 years with a total investment estimated at 31.5 billion dirhams, will enable the country to bring the installed capacity, from wind energy, from 280 MW in 2010 to 2000 MW in 2020”. The wind farm of Laayoune has been dedicated to the memory of Feu Driss Cherrak, former General Manager of Ciments du Maroc, for his strong commitment to Sustainable Development. The Moroccan project is the Italcementi Group’s first step under the Kyoto Protocol flexible mechanisms for reducing greenhouse gas emissions: wind plants are contemplated by Clean Development Mechanism projects to promote sustainable energy investments in developing countries while offering developed countries investing in low cost abatement the opportunity to receive CO2 credits for the resulting emissions reduction.
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