December 21 (Renewables Now) - The 120 MW wind farm of ACWA Power Khalladi has started feeding electricity to the Moroccan grid this week.
The company, which is 75% owned by Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power and 25% owned by the ARIF investment fund, managed by Infra Invest, said this is its first project as an independent power producer (IPP) under the 13-09 law on renewable energy.
At present, only part of the turbines are producing electricity. The full 120 MW capacity is expected to be reached gradually over the next four months.
The Khalladi wind farm, located at Jbel Sendouq, about 30 km from Tangiers, represents an investment of MAD 1.7 billion (USD 180m/ EUR 150m). It was financed under a long-term debt, mainly by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), in collaboration with the Clean Technology Fund (CTF), and the Moroccan BMCE Bank of Africa.
The wind farm is expected to generate about 380 GWh annually, directly powering major industrial consumers connected to the high voltage grid.
The 40 turbines were supplied by Denmark’s Vestas Wind Systems A/S (CPH:VWS). Each V90-3.0 MW turbine is installed on a tower of 80 metres and equipped with blades of 45 meters. Delivery and installation has been completed on schedule as announced by Vestas in August 2016.