The German-Turkish joint-venture Borusan EnBW Enerji has been given the green light to further develop five wind farm projects representing a total portfolio of 207MW
A framework agreement has been signed with wind turbine manufacturer Vestas and the contract, combined with further development work on the wind farms, marks EnBW’s largest onshore project to date. It is also the largest in the entire Turkish wind energy market.
The first project involves an extension to the Bandirma Wind Farm and will commence shortly. In total, 67 Vestas V112 wind farms are to be built in stages in five locations in Turkey. Each turbine will have a hub height of 84 meters, a rotor diameter of 112 meters and an output of around 3 megawatts. The annual production anticipated as from the end of 2015 amounts to 721 gigawatt hours, enough to supply 200,000 households with wind power electricity.
“Our commitment in Turkey is an important building block of our corporate strategy and is based on our long-term strategic assessment of the Turkish energy market, which takes account of the generation capacities and technologies needed, above all in the expansion of renewable energies” said Dr. Frank Mastiaux, CEO of EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG. “Abundant wind and the good, strong partnership with Borusan are the best preconditions for leveraging our opportunities here as well. We pursue ambitious goals in the expansion of renewable energies in our generation portfolio. The signing of this agreement today has taken us a big step closer to achieving this goal.”
Agah Ugur, CEO of Borusan, added that his company only implements sustainable investments with a long-term horizon and that sustainability is a key factor for success and core determinant of the company’s present and future activities. He said that the Borusan EnBW Enerji contract marks a milestone on the way to using the huge renewable energies potential of Turkey.
Borusan EnBW Enerji was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in Istanbul. It’s aim is to expand Turkey's generation capacity by some 2,000 megawatts, primarily in the field of renewable energy. In the Yedigöl Aksu hydropower plant and the Bandirma Wind Farm, the Joint Venture has an installed renewable energies capacity of 111 megawatts to date. In the second half of 2014, another 50 megawatt wind farm is to go online in Balabanli. Planning is under way for more wind and hydro power projects which will be realised in stages.