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General Electric to make turbines for 1 GW pumped storage HPP in Turkey

General Electric to make turbines for 1 GW pumped storage HPP in Turkey

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April 13, 2020

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In the construction of a hydropower plant north of Antalya, China Gezhouba and KAF Teknik will work with GE, which highlighted the facility’s future role in the utilization of renewable energy sources. General Electric said it would supply four 250 MW turbines for the pumped storage system in Eğirdir in western Turkey.

A giant hydropower plant will be built in Isparta province by mid-2026 in an ambitious project involving engineering companies from China and the United States. General Electric Co. has revealed it agreed to manufacture four turbines of 250 MW each for the pumped storage system at the fourth-largest lake in Turkey.

China Energy Engineering Corp. Ltd. said last month that its subsidiary China Gezhouba Group Co. Ltd. signed the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) deal with the government in Ankara for the investment worth USD 1.5 billion. The contractor then added Turkey’s KAF Teknik Yapı San. Tic. AŞ.

The investment in the pumped storage hydropower plant at the Eğirdir lake is estimated at USD 1.5 billion

The 1 GW plant at Eğirdir lake will help utilize renewable energy sources in the country, said Marwan al-Roub, GE’s General Manager for the MENAT region, which covers the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey. He noted, in a statement carried by Anadolu, that Turkey listed the project in the targets for 2023, when the republic marks one century since its establishment.

The construction of the pumped storage hydropower plant in the country’s west, over 100 kilometers north of Antalya, is scheduled to start by January 2022. According to the engineering giant headquartered in Boston, its equipment powers 5.7 GW in renewables in Turkey.

The construction is scheduled to start by January 2022 and the system should be commissioned by the end of the first half of 2026

The endeavor, spearheaded by China’s state-owned company, is aimed at balancing fluctuations in power output. They are mostly caused by photovoltaic facilities and wind parks. Pumped storage hydropower plants use excess electricity from the network to draw water into accumulations at higher altitudes, and they activate turbines and produce power when demand rises.

Turkey’s news agency added the system at Eğirdir would also be complementary to the Akkuyu nuclear power plant, which is planned to come online in three years. Pumped storage hydropower also helps stabilize market prices of electricity.

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