GE’s First 3.2-103 Wind Turbines To Wind Power Turkey’s Growth

GE (NYSE-GE) today announced it will supply energy developer ?ÇDA? with 19 brilliant GE 3.2-103 wind turbines for the BIGA RES wind farm, located near the town of Canakkale in northwestern Turkey.

The 60 megawatt (MW) wind farm will feature GE’s most powerful wind turbine—the 3.2-103—and will be the first units of this type installed anywhere in the world.

The BIGA RES wind farm will contribute to the Turkish government’s goals of reaching 20 gigawatts (GW) of wind energy and 30 percent of primary energy supplied from renewable sources by the year 2023. According to the Turkish Wind Association, the country had 3,424 megawatts (MW) of wind energy capacity installed as of the first half of 2014.

“We are pleased to collaborate with GE on this new wind farm that will help to provide Turkey with renewable energy and assists with meeting the country’s goals,” said General Manager Bülend Engin. “GE’s proven wind turbine technology and experience in power generation is a great fit for ?ÇDA?, and we are excited both for our customers and Turkey.”

With an 85-meter hub height designed to harness Turkey’s medium to strong wind conditions with low shear, GE’s 3.2-103 can provide strong power while being able to meet tip height requirements found frequently across Europe.

“Wind energy is a natural fit for Turkey and its citizens,” said Mete Maltepe, national commercial executive for Turkey with GE’s Power and Water business. “At GE, we are proud to contribute to the country’s efforts to meet its renewable energy targets.”

As a brilliant turbine, the 3.2-103 utilizes the power of the Industrial Internet to help manage the variability of wind for smooth, predictable power. By analyzing tens of thousands of data points every second, the 3.2-103 can wield advanced forecasting algorithms while communicating seamlessly with neighboring turbines, service technicians and operators.

?ÇDA? has been producing construction steel and alloyed steel since 1970, and is the second biggest steel producer of Turkey with its production capacity. ?ÇDA? ranked as the seventh place among the 500 Biggest Industrial Enterprises of Turkey including the public sector in 2013, according to the determinations of Istanbul Chamber of Industry (ISO), has around 10,000 employees together with the group companies. ?ÇDA? is the technology and quality leader in the steel industry and has devoted its roots to contribute to Turkish economy with being aware of the strategic significance of national steel industry for the Turkish economy.

?ÇDA? shares the proper pride of bringing the name of our country to a notable point by putting forth competitive strength in a race, which is started well behind in the world steel sector with energy efficiency, process efficiency, environmental awareness, technology usage, and participation of its employees in productivity.

Besides the steel business, ?ÇDA? has been building vessels at its own shipyard and accordingly operating in seaway transportation. Additionally ?ÇDA? has been carrying on business at port operations at its Istanbul Ambarl? and Canakkale Biga ?ÇDA? Port and also logistic services via trucks and rail road between Europe and Turkey.

?ÇDA? has been engaged in the power generation sector since 2005 by commissioning its first 135 MW power station to supply with the electricity need of its own steel facilities. Recognizing the energy requirement of Turkey in electrical energy production, ?ÇDA? has strengthen its position in the energy sector with introducing  two (2) additional new 135 MW power stations in 2009 and reached a grand total of 405 MW installed capacity.

In 2007, ?ÇDA? obtained permission to build the 2 x 600 MW Power Plant.  First 600 MW Supercritical Unit successfully put into operation in 2011 and following the second unit put into operation in 2014.

Total installed capacity of ?ÇDA? will be 1665 MW and annual generation capacity will reach up to 14 million MWh by 2016 with achievement 60 MW wind energy project. ?ÇDA? currently covers almost 6 percent of the electricity consumption of Turkey.