World Bulletin / News Desk
Joint Turkish-German venture Enerjisa opened a 143 megawatt (MW) wind farm in the Turkish province of Balıkesir over the weekend, inaugurating what is Turkey's largest renewable power plant to date.
The facility has 53 wind turbines and was built with a price tag of $175 million, officials from Enerjisa's joint owners, Sabancı Holding and German energy giant E.On, said at the opening ceremony on Saturday.
“With this wind farm, Enerjisa's total investment [in the Turkish electricity sector] has reached $11 million,” said Sabancı CEO Güler Sabancı at the Saturday ceremony. While most of that investment has been in coal plants or other conventional power, the Balıkesir plant joins two other Enerjisa wind farms, one in the western province of Çanakkale and the other in the southern province of Mersin. The other two wind farms have a combined installed capacity of 69 MW. Sabancı said the Balıkesir wind farm would supply the electricity demand for 170,000 Turkish households.
The wind farm was the first joint project between Sabancı Holding and E.On, which began a 50-50 partnership in December after E.On's purchase of a 50-percent stake in Enerjisa from Austrian energy company Verbund. The two groups said in December that they plan to operate 4,000 MW of renewable energy sources and 4,000 MW more from conventional sources by 2020. They estimate that this capacity would equal around 10 percent of the Turkish energy market by that time.Last Mod: 12 Mayıs 2013, 15:25