Turkey enters offshore wind market

The first signs that Turkey will be entering the offshore wind energy generation market have been seen with an invitation to bid for the rights to build the first turbines.

A price has been set for the potential returns from the wind farms from the sale of the electricity and three potential sites for wind farms have been identified.

A notice in the government official gazette has indicated that the ceiling price for electricity produced at the country’s first offshore wind farm was set at $US 0.08 per KWh. It was indicated that this price will be offered for the first 50TWh that is produced at the wind farm under a power purchase agreement.

Three sites for the wind farms have been identified by the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources. Two of these, one in the Gulf of Saros and one near Gallipoli are in the Marmara region each side of the long peninsular that divides the Sea of Marmara and the Gulf of Saros where the water depths are between 40 and 60 metres. The third site is at Kıyıköy in the Thrace part of the Black Sea to complete the three possibles for this 1.2GW project.

The government is inviting joint venture partnerships and consortia to compete for the right to build this first project and interested offshore wind developers have until 23 October to submit their bids. These will be reviewed by the General Directorate of Renewable Energy before the final tenders are submitted.

By Dag Pike

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