REpower to supply 44 wind turbines to Turkey

Entry onto the Turkish wind power market with wind turbines of the REpower 3.XM series. The manufacturer’s largest wind energy project to date in Europe.

REpower Systems AG (WKN 617703) has concluded a contract with Al Yel Elektrik, a subsidiary of Akuo Energy SAS, for the delivery of 44 wind turbines for a Turkish wind farm.

The wind turbines of the REpower 3.XM series, of which each one has a rated power of 3.37 megawatts (MW) and a hub height of 80 meters, are destined for the Geycek wind farm in Kirsehir province East of Ankara.

This is the first time the Hamburg-based manufacturer of wind turbines supplies turbines to Turkey. REpower will subsequently be in charge of service and maintenance for the wind turbines over the first 12 years of operation.

The wind turbines are set to be delivered in summer 2011 and to be commissioned in the subsequent months. With 44 wind turbines and a total generating capacity of 148.28 MW, Geycek is REpower’s biggest wind farm in Europe to date. It is as well the largest wind power project so far to be fitted with wind turbines of the 3.XM series. The contract is subject to conditions precedent.

Per Hornung Pedersen, CEO of REpower Systems AG, regards the conclusion of the contract as the first step for further potential projects on the Turkish wind energy market.

“Turkey is a wind energy market with huge potential – experts are speaking of volumes of up to 20,000 MW – which has however barely been tapped so far. Turbines with a generating capacity of almost 1,000 MW are already in operation there. In addition, the Turkish Government has announced that it is going to revise the procedures for granting licenses and the remuneration system for renewable energies in 2010. We have outstanding products in the 3.XM series and are happy that customer confidence in the latest generation of turbines is being confirmed by larger and larger orders and projects”, he says.

Eric Scotto, CEO of Akuo Energy, adds: “We are very proud to announce the beginning of the construction of our largest wind farm in Turkey. This project will be one of the largest in Europe; this is a good start for us in a very promising country for the wind industry and the renewable energies, where we are established since 2005.”

The Investment Support and Promotion Agency of Turkey (ISPAT) welcomes REpower as a new actor in Turkish wind energy sector by supporting a potential investment project.