Turkey’s Ağaoğlu to invest 1 billion liras in renewables in 2018: Chair
ISTANBUL - Anadolu Agency
Turkey’s Ağaoğlu Group plans to invest more than 1 billion Turkish Liras ($260 million) in renewable energy in 2018, its chairman has said.
Ağaoğlu and German Nordex Energy (GmbH) signed an agreement on Dec. 25 for the turbines of Ağaoglu’s 125-megawatt Balıkesir wind power plant which will be built in Turkey’s Marmara region. The power plant is expected to cost 735 million liras ($193.17 million).
Speaking after the signing of the agreement, Ali Ağaoğlu, chair of the group, said they had invested 700 million liras ($183.97 million) in renewable energy in 2016 and 400 million liras ($105.13 million) in 2017.
“Investments in renewable resources will decrease Turkey’s current deficit,” he said.
The company’s Bursa and Yalova wind power plants which started producing electricity last year, with a 400-million-Turkish-lira investment, meet the electricity demand of 160,000 households.
The total capacity of the plants is 68.4 megawatts.
Ağaoğlu added that the local production of wings and generators of the wind turbines for the Balıkesir wind power plant will contribute to Turkey’s economy.
Ağaoğlu Energy Group Head Hakkı Ağaoğlu said they will complete a 450-megawatt wind power plant in Konya, a province in Turkey’s Central Anatolian region.
“This is Turkey’s biggest wind power plant which is located in a single area. We plan to begin its operation by 2020. Thus, our installed capacity will reach 1,000 megawatts and total investments to 5 billion liras [$1.31 billion],” he added.
Ağaoğlu said the Kartal wind power plant in Eskişehir, a Central Anatolian province, with 39 megawatts of capacity will start production in the second half of 2018.
Its investment volume is nearly 230 million liras ($60.45 million), Ağaoğlu said.
“So, with the Balıkesir and Kartal wind power plants, our investments in 2018 will be around 1 billion liras,” he added.