GE has been operating in Morocco for more than 25 years. Today, GE employs more than 125 people in country across different sectors. Together with its partners from the public and private sectors, GE focuses daily on addressing the country’s toughest challenges.
Diversifying Morocco’s energy sector
In Morocco, GE focuses on supporting the country’s energy needs through traditional and none-traditional energy resources. As a joint venture with Mitsubishi Electric, GE established POWEREX, a high-tech semiconductor manufacturing facility in Tangiers Free Trade Zone that supplies and assembles high power semiconductor solutions, including: Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistors (IGBTs), Intelligent Power Modules (IPMs) and rectifiers. Today, the facility employs over 90 Moroccans.
With an estimated potential of around 6000 MW of wind energy per year and a 5.5 Kwh/m² of solar energy per day, the Moroccan government set a target to add 2000 MW of renewable energy to the country’s grid by 2020. In 2014, GE announced that it will supply 56 1.7-100 wind turbines for its first wind farm in country and in North Africa developed by Energie Eolienne du Maroc (EEM), a leading developer of wind projects and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nareva Holding.
Connecting Morocco to the world
GE/CFM engines power 95% of Royal Air Maroc’s fleet. In 2015, the airline received the first of five Boeing 787 Dreamliners, powered by GE’s new GEnx-1B engine. The GEnx offers a number of environmental and performance benefits, and is one of GE’s most advanced technologies. Royal Air Maroc also signed a 10-year OnPoint solution agreement with GE Aviation for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of its GEnx engine fleet.
GE is a strong partner to a number of other airlines in Morocco including Air Arabia Maroc and Dalia Air, powering 100% and 30% of their fleet respectively. Every 10 minutes, a GE-powered aircraft takes off in Morocco.
Access to healthcare
GE Healthcare has been chosen as a key medical equipment provider of a hospital developed under a donation of the UAE-based Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation to the city of Casablanca. As part of the agreement, GE Healthcare will provide a full suite of advanced medical equipment for the specialty hospital covering radiography, fluoroscopy, bone densitometry, mammography, MR, CT, PET, Nuclear Medicine, Interventional Imaging technologies for cardiology, radiology and electrophysiology, ultrasound scanners and monitoring devices, among others.
Today over 1,000 GE Healthcare products and technologies are deployed in hospitals and clinics across Morocco.
Lighting up the Rabat Bridge
The Moulay el Hassan Bridge in the city of Rabat, one of the longest and most modern in the Alaouite Kingdom, is now illuminated with GE Lighting's Iberia LED, a versatile outdoor luminaire that combines design excellence with energy savings and an extraordinary luminous quality.
The Iberia LED offers a considerable increase of both vertical and horizontal uniformity. This, together with the high chromatic reproduction of the LED technology (white light), facilitates facial recognition and boosts visual comfort. The long useful lifetime of the LED – 50,000 hours – considerably reduces maintenance and replacement costs, which makes it a particularly suitable solution for public lighting whenever considerable cost reductions are sought.
Building local talent
In 2012 GE launched the Professional Certificate in English Language Teaching (PCELT) program in partnership with America-MidEast Educational and Training Services Incorporation (AMIDEAST), a non-profit educational organization, to train English language teachers across the region. To date the program already trained and certified 132 teachers of which 18 are based in Morocco.
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