VA Tech Hydro to equip three Turkish plants of 459 MW

Joint venture hydro developer EnerjiSA has awarded a contract to VA Tech Hydro of Austria to equip three hydroelectric projects in Turkey totaling 459 MW.

EnerjiSA, a joint venture of Austrian utility Verbund and Turkey’s Sabanci Group, placed the order worth 70 million euros (US$108.2 million) with VA Tech Hydro, a unit of Andritz Group of Austria.

VA Tech Hydro is to supply complete electro-mechanical equipment, including service work, for the Kandil hydropower cascade in Kahramanmaras Province, including the 213.9-MW Kandil, 103.2-MW Sariguzel, and 142-MW Hacininoglu projects.

Kandil, Sariguzel, and Hacininoglu are the first of nine hydropower projects EnerjiSA plans to build totaling 1,000 MW. Other projects are 180-MW Kavsakbendi, 78-MW Yamanli 2, 45-MW Cambasi, 145-MW Kopru, 85-MW Menge, and 8-MW Dagdelen.

EnerjiSA already operates four hydro projects totaling 85 MW in Antalya, Mersin, and Kahramanmaras. It also operates four gas-fired power plants and has plans to build other thermal and wind plants.

Verbund received approval from the European Union in 2007 to proceed with its power production joint venture with Turkey’s Sabanci Group. (HNN 6/5/07) At that time, Verbund said it would invest US$326.6 million to buy a stake in EnerjiSA from Sabanci and purchase new shares issued in a capital increase at EnerjiSA, bringing its total stake to 49.99 percent and providing EnerjiSA with US$242.2 million in fresh funds.

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