First wind orders for Siemens from Africa

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Siemens has succeeded in entering the African wind power market: The company will supply a total of 44 wind turbines for two wind power plants in Morocco to the customer Nareva Holding. The two wind power plants with a combined capacity of 100 megawatts (MW) are scheduled to be put on line in the north and southeast of the country in 2013.

"Morocco is one of the most attractive countries for the utilization of wind power in Africa," said Felix Ferlemann, CEO of the Wind Power Division of Siemens Energy. "The first two orders from Africa show that our internationalization strategy is working. Just recently we opened a center of competence for wind power in South Africa to enable us to better serve the markets in Africa and the Middle East." Effective October 2011, Siemens reorganized its wind power business and strengthened its international sales & marketing network by setting up three business units in the regions Europe, Middle East and Africa (EUMEA), Americas, and Asia-Pacific.

Wind power has major potential in the Kingdom of Morocco, above all at sites with excellent wind conditions on the Atlantic coast . The Moroccan government's target is to increase the share of renewables in its power supply to 20 percent by 2020. Here, wind power will make a major contribution. For the two wind farms Haouma and Foum El Qued Siemens will be responsible for supply, installation and commissioning of the wind turbines each rated at 2.3 MW.

Wind turbines is part of Siemens' Environmental Portfolio. In fiscal 2011, revenue from the Portfolio totaled about €30 billion, making Siemens one of the world's largest suppliers of ecofriendly technologies. In the same period, our products and solutions enabled customers to reduce their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by nearly 320 million tons, an amount equal to the total annual CO2 emissions of Berlin, Delhi, Hong Kong, Istanbul, London, New York, Singapore and Tokyo.
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