Turkey orders CFB plant and signs agreements to lessen dependence on electricity imports

Turkey orders CFB plant and signs agreements to lessen dependence on electricity imports

The Turkish national power utility TEAS has ordered a $380m power plant from Alstom. The 2×160 MW CFB plant, which will be built in partnership with Teknotes, is the latest of a number of projects announced by the country.

The plant, which will be at Can in the province of Canakkale, will be delivered on a turnkey basis with Alstom acting as the main contractor. Alstom will deliver the boilers, steam turbines, generators, control and electrical distribution systems. Teknotes will be responsible for the civil works. The contract will become effective within the next few months.

The project will lessen the country`s dependence on electricity imports. Turkey was also set to sign agreements to build four gas fired power plants worth $2.65bn.

These are four of five thermal power plants tendered by the government in June 1996. In October 1997, it awarded the four contracts to three consortia that will build them under a build-operate schemes.

Three of the gas fired plants à‚— 1540 MW Gebze, 1520 MW Izmir and 770 MW Adapazari à‚— will be built by the consortium of InterGen and Bechtel, and its Turkish partner Enka Insaat.

The Akara plant will be built by a group which includes National Power and Turkish Bayinder and Mimag. The fifth plant which will burn imported coal is still under negotiation. This plant will be built by Siemens and Steag.

Turkey also entered into a bilateral protocol with US companies to build ten hydropower plants. The protocol was signed between the Turkish energy minister and the US commerce secretary in February this year. Companies like Raytheon and Black & Veatch are believed to be among those interested. Under the protocol they will have to find Turkish partners to form consortia.

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