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Nordex inks new deal with Turkish firm for wind energy

ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News | 10/26/2009 12:00:00 AM |

Nordex will supply Turkey’s Bilgin Enerji with turbines for its Soma wind energy project as of January.

Nordex, a Denmark-based producer of electricity-generating wind turbines, will be supplying Turkey’s Bilgin Enerji with turbines for its Soma project as of January, according to a company statement.

The statement, released Monday, said Bilgin has also booked a premium service package from Nordex.

“Nordex will be assembling the Soma wind farm in the province of Manisa in western Turkey,” the statement said. “The 36 turbines will be distributed over a large mountainous terrain. With a combined annual yield of over 300 gigawatt/hours, they will be able to supply more than 150,000 Turkish households with electricity, simultaneously saving emissions of around 300,000 tons of carbon dioxide.”

Soma is the third contract the company received from Bilgin. At the beginning of September, the “Mazi III” wind farm went on line and Nordex is already commencing the delivery of 36 turbines for “Bergama,” the first project under the master contract. 

“Bergama and Soma figure among the two largest wind power projects in Turkey to date,” the company said.

“With the signing of the contract for the Soma wind farm with Nordex, we have strengthened our leading position as an investor in the Turkish renewable energy sector," said Tolga Bilgin, vice president of Bilgin Energy.

With contracts for a total of 300 MW, Nordex has become one of the leading wind power companies in Turkey. "We have our fingers directly on the pulse of the market via our branch in Istanbul, which we established in April,” said Carsten Pedersen, chief operating officer of sales and marketing at Nordex. “This is proving to be a strategic advantage for us as Turkey has plans to extend its wind power capacity substantially. With new licenses about to be awarded, we are already in talks with potential customers.”

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