GE Renewable Energy and Fina Enerji have signed an agreement to work on eight potential wind projects in Turkey.
Together, the wind farms will provide up to 410 MW of power and will be located across different regions of Turkey. The agreement supports Turkey’s national goal of reaching a capacity of 20 GW of wind power and generating 30% of its energy from renewable sources by 2023, says GE.
The deal calls for GE to supply its 3.8-130 wind turbines and provide long-term services for the projects. The wind farms are expected to start commercial operations in 2019 and 2020.
GE’s 3.8-130 wind turbines, featuring a 130-meter rotor, must meet local content requirements, thus supporting employment and localization efforts in the country, says GE.
Dr. Manar Al Moneef, general manager of GE’s onshore wind business in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey, says, “Our commitment to Turkey is a holistic one – in addition to working toward renewable energy targets, GE is fully committed to supporting and advancing local manufacturing and employment in Turkey; GE’s LM Wind Power blade factory, which last year started manufacturing in İzmir, is testament to this. We are thrilled and excited by what this signature can offer.”
This agreement builds on the already strong relationship between GE and Fina Enerji. In April 2017, they entered into a 10-year full-service agreement, complemented by a two-year trial of GE’s Predix-powered Digital Wind Farm solutions for Fina Enerji’s existing wind farms.