Siemens has been awarded an order for the Kinik onshore wind power plant in the Turkish province of Kinik, located 80 kilometers north of the city of Izmir. 17 direct drive wind turbines rated at 3.2 megawatts (MW) capacity each will be installed at the onshore project close to the coast of the Aegean Sea. Customer Esinti Enerji A.S. also consigned maintenance to Siemens in the framework of a 10-year service contract including advanced remote monitoring and diagnostics. Installation of the wind turbines will start in summer with commissioning scheduled for autumn 2016.
The Kinik site in the coastal region of western Turkey offers excellent wind conditions, as it is located along a mountainous ridge exposed to strong breezes from the Aegean Sea. The Siemens SWT-3.2-108 wind turbines feature an advanced performance with their 108-meter rotor diameters and direct drive technology with a highly efficient permanent magnet generator. Compared to geared units, these turbines have half as many parts and considerably less moving components. The 17 wind turbines at the 54 MW Kinik wind farm will be installed on steel towers with a hub height of 79.5 meters. Towers will be sourced regionally to provide maximum impact to the local economy. Furthermore, the local economy will benefit from construction works and long term employment within the scope of service and maintenance of the project.
“With a fleet of around 100 wind turbines installed over the last six years, Turkey is becoming more and more important for Siemens,” said Thomas Richterich, CEO Onshore at Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Division. “We are glad to collaborate with Esinti Enerji A.S., as Kinik has a high significance for the region – reducing CO2 emissions by approximately 100.000 tons per year and providing a large contribution to the local economy.”
Siemens Wind Power entered the Turkish wind market in 2009. Since then 235 MW of generating capacity have been commissioned by Siemens Wind Power and another 350 MW are already under construction or contracted.