Yeni Safak – Turkish - German partnered Borusan EnBW Enerji has broken ground for the Balabanli Wind Power Plant in Turkey’s northwestern province of Tekirdag. The plant’s 22 turbines will generate 50 megawatts of power once it joins the energy-hungry country’s national grid by 2013.
The ceremony marking the commencement of the construction took place in Istanbul with the attendance of the executives of Borusan and EnBW, and Turkey’s Minister of Energy, Taner Yildiz.
“Turkey is a country of opportunities. Our growth strategy in Turkey depends not only on wind but also on hydro power and other renewable sources,” said EnBW CEO Frank Mastiaux at the event, underlining Turkey’s growing demand for energy.
Minister Yildiz for his part said that rather than using public funds to invest in power generation, Turkey has chosen to involve the private sector in meeting country’s energy demand. The country’s growing economy is in need of USD 5 billion of investments each year on the generation side alone. By the centennial of the republic in 2023, the country plans to have a 20,000 MW installed capacity generated by wind power plants.