Erciyas Çelik Boru A.?, one of the leading manufacturers and top exporters of spiral-welded steel pipes in Turkey, has signed an agreement to construct a wind power plant using 16 V112-3.3 MW wind turbines. The customer’s very first wind power plant will be ready for turbine installation in the first quarter of 2014.
The 52 MW Kavakli RES wind power plant will be installed in the southern province of Balikesir in Turkey. The contract includes delivery, installation and commissioning of the wind power plant, including a five-year AOM4000 full scope availability agreement.
The wind turbines for the Kavakli RES wind farm are scheduled to be delivered in the first quarter of 2014, with commissioning expected by the second quarter of 2014.
“The Kavakli RES wind power plant is an exciting first for us and we are thrilled to start this adventure with Vestas’ support and knowledge,” comments Emre Erciyas, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Erciyas Çelik Boru A.?, who concludes: ”Vestas’ V112-3.3 MW was able to outperform our expectations and therefore we are proud to announce the very first wind power plant in the country with one of Vestas’ newest products.”
Juan Araluce, Executive Vice President, CSO, Vestas Wind Systems A/S, comments: “Being chosen as turbine supplier and service provider from a new entrant in the sector is a reward for our commitment to wind power development. Moreover, it proves the trust that our products and services have earned during the last thirty years enabling Vestas to secure the customers the best cost of energy as well as good and stable performance throughout the turbines’ lifetime. As the leading wind turbine manufacturer in Turkey, we look forward to new exciting wind projects.”
Olcayto Yigit, General Manager, Vestas Turkey, states: “We are glad to have the opportunity to support Erciyas Çelik Boru A.? in their first wind power investment in the country. We welcome their interest and commitment to wind energy that will support Turkey in reaching its ambitious target for renewable energy sources. We are fully confident that our recently launched V112-3.3 MW turbine will allow our customers to harvest wind in a very profitable way.”
The Kavakli RES wind power plant will have an estimated annual production of about 193,000 MWh per year, which will save the environment from over 95,000 tons of CO2 emissions on an annual basis. Furthermore, it will provide enough electricity to cover the residential electricity consumption of more than 390,000 people in Turkey.
Vestas has been operating in Turkey since 1984 when it installed its first turbine. Since then, Vestas has delivered 640 MW of wind power capacity to the region. In January 2008, Vestas established an office in Istanbul and during the years it also opened three warehouse and service locations in the country. Vestas has developed a top-class local value chain in Turkey – contributing to local jobs and local competencies and contributing to the development of a strong network of local suppliers which can deliver components, products, spare parts and services.
Erciyas is one of the leading manufacturers and top exporters of spiral-welded steel pipes in Turkey. Today, the company manufactures 450,000 tons of oil, gas, drinking water and pilling pipes. Through its innovative production Erciyas is being ranked among the top exporters and manufacturers of Turkey.