Turkey prime minister inaugurates 300-MW Borcka

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayypi Erdogan inaugurated the 300-MW Borcka hydroelectric project April 8 on Turkey’s Coruh River.

While Turkey has 138 hydroelectric projects producing 46 billion kWh per year, Erdogan noted that is only 36 percent of the country’s hydropower potential. At the same time it has a growing population and a burgeoning electricity demand.

�Turkey still cannot use 64 percent of its potential,� the prime minister said. �In order to benefit from such potential, 540 new hydroelectric plants should be established in addition to the existing ones.�

In remarks reported by Turkish Press, Erdogan said nearly 1,000 applications have been received for rapid development of new hydropower plants.

Turkey’s General Directorate of State Hydraulic Works (DSi) awarded a 167 million euro (US$183 million) turnkey contract in 1999 for construction of Borcka and 115-MW Muratli, on the lower reaches of the Coruh. (HNN 1/3/07)

The construction consortium included Andritz VA Tech Hydro, Verbundplan (now Poyry), Strabag, Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation, and Turkish firms Temelsu and Yuksel. Voith Siemens said it supplied two Francis turbines in an order worth 26 million euros (US$34.7 million).

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