Siemens has been awarded an order for the Kinik onshore wind power plant in the Turkish province of Kinik, located 80 kilometers north of the city of Izmir. Seventeen direct-drive wind turbines rated at 3.2 MW each will be installed at the onshore project, close to the coast of the Aegean Sea.
Customer Esinti Enerji AS also granted a 10-year maintenance and service contract with Siemens, including advanced remote monitoring and diagnostics. Installation of the wind turbines will start this summer, with commissioning scheduled for the fall of this year.
According to Siemens, the Kinik site in the coastal region of western Turkey offers excellent wind conditions, as it is located along a mountainous ridge exposed to strong breezes from the Aegean Sea. The Siemens SWT-3.2-108 wind turbines feature 108-meter rotor diameters and direct-drive technology with a highly efficient permanent magnet generator.
Compared with geared units, these turbines have half as many parts and considerably fewer moving components, says Siemens. The 17 wind turbines at the 54 MW Kinik wind farm will be installed on steel towers that have a hub height of 79.5 meters. Towers will be sourced regionally to provide maximum impact to the local economy.
“With a fleet of around 100 wind turbines installed over the last six years, Turkey is becoming more and more important for Siemens,” says Thomas Richterich, CEO of onshore at Siemens’ wind power and renewables division. “We are glad to collaborate with Esinti Enerji AS, as Kinik has a high significance for the region – reducing CO2 emissions by approximately 100,000 tons per year and providing a large contribution to the local economy.”
Siemens Wind Power entered the Turkish wind market in 2009. Since then, Siemens Wind Power has commissioned 235 MW of generating capacity, and another 350 MW is already under construction or contracted.