Haberturk - Petkim, Turkey’s largest petrochemical complex in Aliaga, Izmir on Turkey’s Aegean coast, has signed an agreement with France-based power generation and transport systems giant Alstom for the construction of a 51 MW wind power plant (WPP) at an investment cost of around EUR 55 million.
The signing ceremony for the agreement of Alstom’s turnkey WPP project was held in Petkim’s Aliaga facilities and was attended by senior executives of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) - Petkim’s majority owner - and Alstom in Turkey. Speaking at the ceremony, SOCAR Turkey President Kenan Yavuz said, “As SOCAR Turkey, we believe in the importance of renewable energy in all fields of our activity and our future investments, particularly in Petkim. This new investment for the WPP to be constructed in the Petkim Peninsula is a reflection of our belief.”
According to Yavuz, Petkim WPP will be built in two phases, generating 27 MW and 24 MW respectively, and will not only significantly contribute to the energy demand in the Petkim Peninsula, but also to the region’s need for clean energy and Turkey’s renewable energy capacity. As regards the supplier of the project - one of the most important steps in the investment -, we are more than happy to have agreed with Alstom, a professional in its field.”
Meanwhile, Alstom Turkey President Adil Tekin said, “As the ECO110 turbines that we will employ in Petkim wind farm are a perfect fit for the site’s wind speed, we will achieve maximum efficiency in the plant. We are proud that we will deliver energy to the most important petrochemical complex in Turkey with these wind turbines.”
The first phase of Petkim’s wind turbines will be completed in 2015, while the second phase is scheduled for 2016, thus addressing the renewable energy requirement of the peninsula. Power generation on the site will increase by 12 percent following the initial phase.