Karlsruhe/Istanbul. The second wind farm of the German-Turkish "Borusan EnBW Enerji" joint venture in which the partners Borusan and EnBW each hold 50 percent, has also been in successful commercial operation in Balabanli since mid-July. The official inauguration took place at 11 September in Istanbul in the presence of VIPs from the political and business arenas, as well from the participating companies of the two countries. Along with the existing Bandirma Wind Farm, the Yedigöl Aksu Hydroelectric Power Plant and Balabanli, the joint venture now has a capacity of 161 megawatts (MW).
Furthermore, the cornerstone was laid during the celebrations for the construction of five additional projects with an overall capacity of 207 MW. The associated framework agreement covering a total of 67 wind turbines had already been signed back in February 2014 by the joint venture and Vestas, one of the world's largest wind farm manufacturers. The awarding of the bundled contract for the new wind power portfolio consisting of four new wind farms and an extension to the Bandirma Wind Farm is the largest ever in the entire Turkish wind energy market.
Balabanli consists of 22 wind turbines each with an output of 2.3 MW and a rotor diameter of 108 metres. The facilities will generate around 150 gigawatt hours of power a year to supply some 43,000 households.
The aim of the joint venture founded between EnBW and Turkish Borusan in the summer of 2009 is to build up around 2,000 MW in generating capacity in the field of renewable energies in Turkey. With this aim, the two equal partners are investing several billions.