Statkraft suspends work at 517-MW Cetin hydropower project amidst fighting in Turkey

A conflict between the Turkish government and Kurdish forces has forced developer Statkraft to temporarily abandon construction of the 517-MW Cetin hydropower plant.

Located on the Botan River in Turkey’s Southeast Antolia Region, the project is being constructed in an area where a 30-month long ceasefire between Turkey and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) collapsed. The revival of the decades-long conflict near worksites forced the Norwegian power company to shutter development.

The Cetin project includes two power plants: the 401-MW Main Cetin, with the 116-MW Lower Cetin to be located about six kilometers downstream.

The facility is Statkraft’s largest hydroelectric asset outside of Norway — rights of which were included when the company purchased a 95% interest in Turkish operator Yesil Enerji from Global Yatirim in 2009.

Statkraft did not indicate when work might resume at Cetin, but has said it expects to lose more than US$245 million from the work stoppage.

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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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