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Siemens mulls wind turbine blade production facility in Turkey

Steel News - Published on Wed, 22 Jun 2011

Mr Hüseyin Gelis CEO of Siemens Turkey said that Germany’s Siemens AG may establish a wind tribune rotor blade production facility in Turkey provided that demand for wind energy in Turkish markets continues at its current pace.

With an estimated 150,000 MW in electricity generation potential from wind power together with new legislation on the horizon, Turkey offers great opportunities to sell equipment, technology and expertise to such global players as American renewable energy developer Renewable Energy Systems, Russia’s state nuclear unit Rosatom

Turkey has huge potential for wind power, with estimates ranging from 50,000 to as high as 150,000 MW in electricity generation. Such potential for wind energy, together with new legislation on the horizon offers great opportunities for foreign investors interested in expanding into renewable energy markets of fast growing economies such as Turkey.

Global players wanting to sell equipment, technology and expertise are also showing interest in the Turkish market. American renewable energy developer Renewable Energy Systems, Russia’s state nuclear unit Rosatom, Hamburg based REpower Systems AG and Denmark’s Vestas are the most recent examples. Most investors however, are holding off their investments until legislative changes are approved by the Turkish Parliament, clarifying what government subsidies would be there in terms of price guarantees.
Mr Gelis said that Turkey currently has 980 wind energy plants 200 of them were deployed last year. The demand for wind energy is on the rise in Turkey. Asked whether they have plans to establish a wind tribune rotor blade production facility in Turkey they can source the blades relatively cheaper from abroad but would consider producing them in Turkey should the demand increase by as much as 3 times its current level. He declined to give details regarding a proposed location for the facility.

Only about 2,000 MW were generated by wind farms in operation in Turkey by the end of last year. The government’s 2023 vision proposes to have 20,000 MW of established wind turbines in the country. The European Wind Energy Association has estimated that Turkey could meet 20% of its electricity demand from wind power with a target capacity of 20,000 megawatts, assuming an average 8% annual growth in power consumption. Observers argue this means it will not take very long for companies like Siemens to establish production facilities in Turkey.

Mr Sinan Budik responsible for the renewable energy division at Siemens said that investments in wind energy are expected to continue in the coming years and the number of new wind turbines sold will exceed 400 in 2013. This means doubling the current demand for turbines in Turkey at the moment and Siemens meets 100 MW of this demand. There are tenders for operating licenses pending with a total volume of 8,000 MW.

(Sourced fro www.todayszaman.com)

Posted By : admin on Wed, 22 Jun 2011
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