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Geothermal power plant starts generation

HDN | 4/5/2010 12:00:00 AM | GAZİANTEP - Anatolia News Agency

A geothermal electric power production company under the roof of Gaziantep-based MB Holding celebrates the beginning of power generation at the Dora-2 power plant located in Aydın. In 2006, the company launched operations of the Dora-1 power plant, Turkey’s first private geothermal power plant

Menderes Geothermal Electric Power Production, or MEGE, celebrated the launch of its power generation at the new Dora-2 power plant over the weekend.

The firm’s Dora-1 geothermal power station, the first private geothermal plant in Turkey, came online in May 2006 and a capacity to generate 8.5 megawatts electric, or Mwe, of electrical power. The Dora-2 plant, with a capacity of 11.5 Mwe, is the firm’s second investment and is based in the Aegean province of Aydın.

MEGE is a subsidiary of Turkey’s MB Holding, which is based in the southeastern province of Gaziantep.

Speaking this weekend at a press conference in Gaziantep, MB Holding Chairman Muharrem Balat said, “With the completion of the Dora-2 investment, MEGE has reached an annual capacity of 140 million kilowatt/hours. It is a pleasure that we have utilized geothermal energy, an entirely domestic resource that had been inactive until a short while ago.”  

MEGE completed the construction of the Dora-2 power plant in 27 months. The facility has an air cooling Binary System-Organic Rankine Cycle, which is commonly used by 35 different countries for power generation.  “Having launched power generation as of March, Dora-2 will have a net electricity generation of 75 million kilowatt-hours annually,” said Balat. 

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Noting that MEGE is meeting an energy demand for electricity that is increasing in line with economic development through alternative, environmentally friendly, renewable and sustainable resources, Balat said, “As a green energy resource, geothermal energy from the Dora-1 and Dora-2 power plants provide 50,000 tons of petrol products and hence 62,380 tons of carbon dioxide savings annually to our country.”

MB Holding aims to boost the number of its plants in line with its future investment strategies and implement different renewable energy technology in its integrated systems, Balat said.

Expressing his expectation for a bright future in Turkey, Balat said the country may attain “a better position compared to European Union countries” in the future. “With Arabs on one side and Turkic Republics on the other, we will overtake Europe. Some may think these are just fantasies but I am not dreaming here.”

Following Balat, MB Holding Vice Chairman Çetin Atmaca supplied technical information on geothermal energy and about the Dora-1 and Dora-2 power plants.

The Dora-2 power plant, which had an investment cost of $45 million, has a capacity to generate electricity constantly throughout the year.

MEGE was established in 1999 and is headquartered in Aydın. It was set up as an investment company to provide electricity to both facilities within MB Holding and other industrial complexes through the generation of electric power from geothermal energy.

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