Athens, Greece, Feb. 28, 2006 — GE Energy is providing 20 of its 1.5 megawatt wind turbines for a new, 30 megawatt wind energy project in Turkey. Announced by GE at the 2006 European Wind Energy Conference & Exhibition, the project marks the company’s first wind turbine supply contract in Turkey.
Owned by Bares Elektrik Uretim A.S., the Bares II Wind Energy Power Plant project also represents Turkey’s first privately owned wind energy power plant (WEPP). The project developers, Bilgin Elektrik and Yapisan, are owned by the Bilgin Energy Group of Companies.
Located 100 kilometers south of Istanbul, the project site comprises approximately 600,000 square meters of land in the Erikli Village-Dutliman Village-Sahilyenice Village region, within the town of Bandirma. Bandirma is mostly known for its wind resources and its own harbor that serves the region’s industrial needs.
Annually, the new facility is expected to generate enough electricity to serve approximately 25,000 average Turkish homes.
Electricity from Bares II will be transmitted to a substation via underground power cables rated at 34.5 kV and transformed via eight kilometers of transmission lines into 154 kV at the substation. The power then will be fed into the national grid system owned by the high-voltage grid operator Turkish Power Transmission Co. (TEIAS). The new plant’s output will be sold to the wholesale electricity trading market.
In addition to supplying wind turbines, GE also will install the units and provide operation and two years of post-commissioning maintenance for the facility.
Bares II is expected to begin commercial operation by the end of May 2006. The project will create 60 temporary construction jobs as well as 10 permanent operations and maintenance and five security jobs.