Karlsruhe. Shortly before the turn of the year, the German-Turkish joint venture Borusan EnBW Enerji, in which partners Borusan and EnBW each hold a 50% stake, has successfully concluded another onshore project: A further eight wind power plants with a total capacity of around 26 megawatts have been put into commercial operation at the already existing Bandirma wind farm. As a result, the Bandirma wind farm now has a total installed capacity of around 86 megawatts. The renewable portfolio of this joint venture that comprises the expanded Bandarma wind farm, the Balabanli wind farm and the Yedigöl Aksu hydroelectric power plant thus now has a total capacity of around 186 megawatts.
The expansion of the Bandirma wind farm is the first of five projects covered by the contract concluded between the company and Vestas in February 2014 for a wind farm portfolio totalling 207 megawatts. The joint award of the wind farm portfolio marks the biggest onshore contract issued by EnBW to date and also the largest in the history of the Turkish wind energy market. The portfolio – consisting of four new wind farms and the expansion of the Bandirma wind farm – comprises a total of 67 Vestas V112 wind power plants. Each power plant has a hub height of 84 meters, a rotor diameter of 112 meters and a power output of around 3 megawatts. The power plants are expected to generate 721 gigawatt hours of electricity per year – enough to provide around 200,000 households with electricity sourced from wind power.
The construction work for the other four projects comprising in total 180 megawatts is progressing according to schedule. The plan is to successively connect the four wind farms to the electricity grid during the summer of 2015.
Borusan EnBW Enerji, with headquarters in Istanbul, was founded in the summer of 2009 as a joint venture between EnBW and the Turkish company Borusan. The goal of this joint venture – founded by EnBW and the Turkish company Borusan in the summer of 2009 – is to expand the generating capacity from renewable energies in Turkey by around 2000 megawatts. The equal partners are investing several billion to achieve this goal.