Siemens has secured its first order in Turkey with a turn-key contract to supply 13 of its new 2.3 MW turbines to a 29.9 MW project at Mahmudiye in the north-west of the country. The project, which is scheduled for completion mid-2010 at an estimated cost of EUR 37 million, marks Siemens' first turn-key wind power project for many years and its first outside northern Europe. It is also the company's first large order for its new 2.3 MW machine. With a diameter of 101 metres, the wind turbine is "ideally suited for sites with low-to-medium wind speeds," says Siemens' Andreas Nauen. The project marks the entry of owner Enerjisa into the wind power sector. An integrated utility with 455 MW of operating gas-fired and hydro generation, Enerjisa is jointly owned by Sabanci Holding, a Turkish industrial and financial conglomerate, and Austrian utility Verbund. The company aims to secure 10% of Turkey's electricity market by 2015, representing 5 GW of generating capacity, of which renewable energy will comprise around 10%. So far it has 185 MW of wind power projects at various stages of development.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol