GE Renewable Energy has been selected by Sanko Enerji to supply GE’s 4.8 MW Cypress Units for the 51 MW Gazi 9 Wind Farm in Turkey and will be providing a 10-years Full-Service Agreement.
Located in Çanakkale, Turkey, the 51 MW wind farm will generate enough renewable energy to power the equivalent of 100,000 homes in Turkey and will play a significant role supporting the country’s renewable energy target, GE Renewable Energy said in a press release.
The construction of the wind farm is expected to begin during the fourth quarter of 2019, to reach commercial operation by the end of October 2020.
The Gazi 9 wind farm, being developed under a USD 65 million investment, will have an annual production of 230 million kWh, preventing 134,000 tons of carbon emissions, said a spokesperson for Sanko Energy, adding that with this agreement, Sanko Energy is one step closer to its goal of increasing its existing 725 MW all renewable energy installed capacity to 900 MW by the end of 2020.
Announced last year by GE Renewable Energy, the Cypress is the most powerful wind turbine in operation today, the company said. It enables significant Annual Energy Production (AEP) improvements, increased efficiency in serviceability, improved logistics and siting potential, and ultimately more value for customers. The two-piece blade design enables blades to be manufactured at even longer lengths and improving logistics to drive costs down and offer more siting options, in locations previously inaccessible.
As a part of the agreement, GE Renewable Energy will locally produce the wind turbine blades in LM Wind Power’s Bergama site, Izmir, Turkey, where GE has more than 450 employees. At the end of April 2019, the site started the construction of an extension, in order to set-up the factory to be prepared to produce the innovative two-pieces blade, set to be assembled to GE’s Cypress turbine. Towers will also be produced in the country.