GE wins contract for independent Turkish plant

GE Power Systems won a (US)$30.5 million contract from Colakoglu Metalurji A.S., Instanbul, Turkey, to provide turnkey plant engineering, design and power generation equipment and services for the first independent combined-cycle power plant in Turkey.

GE forecast that the Turkish economy will yield orders exceeding 19 GW for new power generation equipment and systems in the coming decade, with private power opportunities steadily increasing. GE`s projections are in-line with the latest Turkish estimates and with a recent U.S. Department of Energy study that identified Turkey as one of 11 major emerging markets.

“Turkey`s electrical growth has three important drivers–industrialization, rural electrification and the consumerism of a growing middle class,” said Ali Iz, GE Power Systems area sales manager. “These drivers, separately or in combination, are responsible for Turkey`s increased electrical usage, which is currently growing at 8 percent annually as the economy becomes more electric intense.”

The 365-MW Colakoglu plant will include two MS9001E gas turbine-generators and a GE steam turbine-generator. It is expected to begin combined-cycle commercial operation late this year.