Paris, September 30, 2010 – Alstom signed a contract with Guris Construction and Engineering Co. through Guris’s subsidiary, Eolos Wind Energy Generation Co. for the construction of a new wind farm in Turkey – Alstom’s first wind power contract in the country.
The 24 MW Senkoy wind farm, to be built near the city of Hatay, in the southern part of Turkey, will comprise eight Alstom ECO 100 wind turbines of 3 MW each and is expected to become operational in late 2011 or early 2012.
Under the terms of the contract, Alstom will supply, install and commission the wind farm, and provide operation and maintenance services for the first five years.
Turkey’s electricity consumption is increasing by an average of 8-9 percent per year. To help meet this demand the country is increasingly turning to renewable energy sources as a means of improving energy security and curbing its dependence on imported gas.
In 2009, 343 MW of new capacity was added, representing a year-on-year growth rate of 75 percent. Installed capacity is expected to grow at between 500-1,000 MW per year, reaching more than 5,000 MW before 2015. Turkey targets 20,000 MW of wind power capacity by 2023.
With an estimated annual production of about 83 GWh, the Senkoy wind farm will avoid the production of over 66,000 tons a year of carbon dioxide and meet the electricity needs of around 41,000 average Turkish households.
The contract is further success for Alstom’s 3MW ECO 100 wind turbine, which represents a major advance in turbine power capacity and higher energy yield. Senkoy is Guris’s second wind farm, and this is the first time GÃ¼riÅŸ buys wind turbines from Alstom.
“With the ECO 100 of Alstom, the estimated yearly energy production of the Senkoy farm is almost 10 percent higher than originally calculated when developing the project,” commented Musfik Yamanturk, CEO, Guris.
Guris is one of the largest construction companies in Turkey, with more than 50 years experience and about 6,000 employees.
Alstom has been active in the Turkish power market for more than 50 years and has helped the country develop both thermal and renewable energy generation. More than half of the country’s installed electric capacity includes Alstom equipment.