Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems has received an order for delivery of 15 V80-2.0 MW wind turbines to Turkey. The order was placed by Aksa Group, a leading Turkish company in energy production and manufacturing of gas and diesel electric generators. Vestas also gained an order from the same customer in June. The order comprises supply, installation and commissioning of the wind power plant. Delivery is scheduled for H1 2007.
Power production in Turkey is mainly generated through thermal plants, and the country is highly dependent on imports of gas. To meet the growing energy demand, Turkey is focusing on exploiting new energy sources such as wind. Mr. M.Kazanci, president of Aksa Group says: "The Turkish government is aiming to diversify its power production, and wind development will contribute to this in the coming years. The liberalisation process has provided a large space for private wind energy developers."
According to Wind Force 2005/European Commission Study, Turkey has a wind potential of 88,000 MW, the second most powerful wind area in Europe after the UK. The news was reported by financial daily newspaper Børsen and on Vestas' website.
Vestas Wind Systems employs 11,000 people and has production facilities in Denmark, Germany, China, India, Italy, UK, Spain, Sweden, Norway and Australia. In 2005, Vestas Wind Systems generated revenues of DKK 26.7 bn (USD 4.3 bn), and sold wind turbines with a total power of 3,185 MW worldwide.
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