Expanding Wind Power In Turkey

Nordex's N90/2500 wind turbine
Nordex will supply 36 of its N90/2500 wind turbines for the Soma wind farm.

Nordex’s Turkish business is continuing to gain momentum: After the award of a contract for 115 megawatts last summer, financing has now also been obtained for the next wind power project. Accordingly, Nordex will supply the power station operator Bilgin Enerji with 36 N90/2500 wind turbines for the “Soma” project as of January. With a total volume of 90 MW, Bilgin will call this package down under the 210 MW master contract signed in spring 2008 in line with plans. The Turkish company has additionally also booked a premium service package.

Nordex will assemble the “Soma” wind farm in the province of Manisa in western Turkey. The 36 turbines will be distributed over a large mountainous terrain. With a combined notional annual yield of over 300 gigawatt/hours they will be able to supply more than 150,000 Turkish households with electricity, simultaneously saving emissions of around 300,000 tons of carbon dioxide.

“Soma” is the third firm contract received from Bilgin. At the beginning of September, the “Mazi III” wind farm (22.5 MW) went on line and Nordex is already commencing the delivery of 36 turbines for “Bergama” (90 MW), the first project under the master contract. “Bergama” and “Soma” figure amongst the two largest wind power projects in Turkey to date. “Today, with the signature of the firm contract for the ‘Soma’ wind farm with Nordex, we have strengthened our leading position as an investor in the Turkish renewable energy sector”, says Tolga Bilgin, Vice President of Bilgin Energy.

With contracts for a total of 300 MW, Nordex is one of the leading wind power companies in Turkey. “We have our fingers directly on the pulse of the market via our branch in Istanbul, which we established in April. This is proving to be a strategic advantage for us as Turkey has plans to extend its wind power capacity substantially. With new licenses about to be awarded, we are already in talks with potential customers,” says Carsten Pedersen, COO Sales and Marketing at Nordex.

As one of the technological leaders in multi-megawatt wind power systems, Nordex is benefiting from the trend in favor of large-scale turbines. The range comprises one of the world’s largest series-produced wind turbines (N80/N90/N100 2,500 kW). To date, over 1,000 turbines of this type have been installed around the world. This experience with multi-megawatt turbines gives Nordex a decisive lead over most of its competitors. Nordex has installed more than 3,900 turbines with an aggregate capacity of around 5,300 MW all around the world. With exports accounting for over 95 percent of its business, Nordex AG plays a key role in international high-growth regions. The Company has offices and subsidiaries in 18 countries around the world. The Group currently has 2,200 employees around the world.

Bilgin Enerji Holding A.a. has built, owned, and operated several wind farms as well as hydropower plants since the early 1990’s. The company is the first private investor in the wind energy sector in free market conditions in Turkey. With its portfolio of wind and hydro projects currently in operation and under construction, Bilgin Enerji will achieve 530 MW of installed capacity and 2 billion kWh of renewable electricity generation capacity by the end of 2010. This corresponds to 1% of the total electricity generation in Turkey.

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