Borusan EnBW to build 50 megawatt plant in Tekirdağ

Borusan EnBW to build 50 megawatt plant in Tekirdağ

ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News
Borusan EnBW to build 50 megawatt plant in Tekirdağ

Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yıldız (C) attends the investment ceremony with upper level managers from both Borusan and German EnBW in Istanbul. Company photo

Borusan EnBW Enerji has embarked on a project to build a 50 Megawatt, 22 wind turbine power plant in the northwestern province of Tekirdağ. The eco-friendly Balabanlı Wind Energy Power Plant is expected to become operational in 2013.

Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yıldız, Baden-Württemberg Environment and Energy Minister Franz Untersteller, Borusan Holding Chairman Ahmet Kocabıyık, Borusan Holding CEO Agah Uğur and EnBW CEO Frank Mastiaux and Borusan EnBW General Manager Mehmet Acarla were on hand for the investment ceremony at Borusan’s headquarters in Istanbul.

Clean energy

Yıldız, who spoke at the ceremony, stressed that Turkey was continuing with its commitment and investments in clean, renewable energy.

“We are at the brink of an important investment in Tekirdağ. I am convinced that Borusan is a very suitable partner for EnBW. We as ministers will therefore extend our support to Borusan,” said Yıldız. “I have to say that clean sources of energy and renewable energy are at the base of our policies. Today we are able to build 8 megawatt wind turbines and this is an important step in tapping into a rich power source. Of course we are happy to see that Turkey is partnering with many local and German firms,” he said.

Meanwhile, in the first nine months, provisional acceptance was given to 149 new power plants in Turkey commissioned by the private sector with a total of 2,578 megawatts in power. According to data provided to Anatolia news agency by the Energy and Natural Resources Ministry, hydroelectric power plants (HES) took the lead with provisional acceptance given to 69 plants with a 1,300 megawatt energy generation capacity.

The largest power plant in terms of megawatt strength was the 615 megawatt imported coal plant Eren Enerji Elektrik, established in Zonguldak on the Black Sea coast. Others include the 114.8 megawatt HES set up by Akköy Enerji in Gümuşhane, also on the Black Sea, a 75 megawatt imported coal natural gas power plant in Yalova in the Marmara region and the 57.5 megawatt HES built on the Akköprü Dam in the Mediterranean province of Muğla.