Paris, May 5, 2011 – Alstom and Sanko, the Turkish industrial holding, inaugurated the 320 MW Yedigoze hydropower plant, located on Turkey’s Seyhan River.
The new plant will generate sufficient power to provide electricity to around 640,000 homes, or a city with a population the size of Gaziantep, in the Eastern part of Turkey.
In 2008, Sanko awarded Alstom the contract for the turnkey supply and commissioning of Yedigoze’s two 160 MW Francis hydro turbines and two 175 MVA hydro generators, as well as all auxiliary equipment.
The facility is part of Sanko’s program to build additional renewable energy capacity, in line with the government’s push to improve Turkey’s energy security by increasing the share of renewable energy.
The government has called for the mobilization of local power generation to reduce Turkey’s dependence on imported fuels, which currently account for 60 percent of the country’s power generation.
Hydro has grown by around 19 percent over the last 5 years in Turkey, which currently has more than 16 GW of installed hydropower capacity. Alstom is Turkey’s leading hydropower equipment provider and boasts more than 50 percent of the country’s hydro generator market share.
Alstom hydro references in Turkey include the 672 MW Birecik hydropower plant and the 1,800 MW Karakaya plant. Alstom has hydro projects under construction totalling 2,000 MW, including the 600 MW Deriner plant, the 417 MW Kavsakbendi-Kopru-Menge plant and the 228 MW Arkun power plant