GE Renewable Energy has been selected by Sanko Enerji to supply Cypress Units for the 51 MW Gazi-9 Wind Farm in Turkey. Gazi-9 represents one of the first Cypress orders for GE Renewable Energy in Turkey. GE Renewable Energy will locally produce the wind turbine blades in LM Wind Power’s Bergama site, Izmir, Turkey.
GE Renewable Energy announces today that it has been selected by Sanko Enerji to supply GE’s 4.8 MW Cypress Units for the 51 MW Gazi 9 Wind Farm in Turkey and will be providing a 10-years Full-Service Agreement.
Located in Çanakkale, Turkey, the 51 MW wind farm will generate enough renewable energy to power the equivalent of 100,000 homes in Turkey and will play a significant role supporting the country’s renewable energy target. The construction of the wind farm is expected to begin during the fourth quarter of 2019, to reach commercial operation by the end of October 2020.
Yigit Erzan, Head of Sales and Business Development, Turkey, GE Renewable Energy, said: “Gazi-9 Wind Farm represents one of the first Cypress orders for GE Renewable Energy in Turkey and shows clear demand in the country and around the world for GE’s latest onshore wind technology, with orders confirmed in Germany, Sweden and Australia. While the Cypress platform encompasses a range of turbines for use around the world, it is particularly well-suited to site conditions commonly found in Turkish wind energy projects.”
A spokesperson for Sanko Energy, one of Turkey’s leading renewable energy companies, said: “A total investment of 65 million US dollars would be made for Gazi-9 RES Project. Having an installed capacity of 51MW, Gazi-9 WPP will have an annual production of 230 million kWh, the energy needs of 100 thousand houses will be supplied and 134 thousand tons of carbon emissions will be prevented. With this agreement, Sanko Energy will be one step closer to its goal of increasing its existing 725 MW all renewable energy installed capacity to 900 MW by the end of 2020.”
Announced last year by GE Renewable Energy, the Cypress is the most powerful wind turbine in operation today. It enables significant Annual Energy Production (AEP) improvements, increased efficiency in serviceability, improved logistics and siting potential, and ultimately more value for customers. The two-piece blade design enables blades to be manufactured at even longer lengths and improving logistics to drive costs down and offer more siting options, in locations previously inaccessible.
As a part of the agreement, GE Renewable Energy will locally produce the wind turbine blades in LM Wind Power’s Bergama site, Izmir, Turkey, where GE has more than 450 employees. At the end of April 2019, the site started the construction of an extension, in order to set-up the factory to be prepared to produce the innovative two-pieces blade, set to be assembled to GE’s Cypress turbine. Towers will also be produced in the country.
GE Renewable Energy is a $15 billion business which combines one of the broadest portfolios in the renewable energy industry to provide end-to-end solutions for our customers demanding reliable and affordable green power. Combining onshore and offshore wind, blades, hydro, storage, utility-scale solar, and grid solutions as well as hybrid renewables and digital services offerings, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400+ gigawatts of clean renewable energy and equipped more than 90 percent of utilities worldwide with its grid solutions. With nearly 40,000 employees present in more than 80 countries, GE Renewable Energy creates value for customers seeking to power the world with affordable, reliable and sustainable green electrons.
Having invested 1.5 billion dollars in 6 hydroelectric, 2 wind power and 3 geothermal power plants, Sanko Energy produces 2.7 billion kWh of renewable resources annually with a total installed capacity of 725 MW. The company aims to generate 3.4 billion kWh of electricity annually by increasing the capacity of all renewable energy sources to 900 MW by the end of 2020 with an additional investment of 200 million dollars in the coming years.