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Germany's Siemens in 165MW direct drive wind turbine deal for Turkey

Turkey’s Güriş Group orders Siemens turbines with direct drive tech for three onshore wind projects in Muğla, Edirne-Tekirdağ and Kırklareli

A Siemens wind turbine
Siemens gearless technology for the wind turbines will be installed in three new wind power plants in Turkey

German firm Siemens has won a 165MW order to build up onshore wind power in Turkey with direct drive turbines. The Turkish Güriş Group is cooperating with Siemens for three new wind power projects scheduled to be built in Turkey, using direct drive technology.

The total scope includes delivery of the direct drive wind turbines and a five-year service agreement for the three projects. Commissioning of the projects is expected between late 2014 and summer 2015.

Siemens said: "We will deliver 53 wind turbines with cutting-edge direct drive technology for new onshore wind power plants in Muğla, Edirne-Tekirdağ and Kırklareli with a total capacity of 165MW."

The Fatma wind farm in Muğla will contribute a capacity of 77MW with 25 gearless wind turbines. The Zeliha wind farm in Kırklareli, in conjunction with the Kanije wind farm in Edirne-Tekirdağ, will have a generation capacity of 88MW with a total of 28 direct drive wind turbines. Together the three wind power plants will generate power equivalent to the electricity consumption of up to 250,000 households and will prevent 290,000 tons of CO2 emission per year.

The news from Siemens follows other companies building up renewable energy power in Turkey in 2013. This includes BRIC firms such as Chinese solar cell producer, China Sunergy (CSUN), which opened a PV module factory in Istanbul in May.