ISTANBUL, Turkey 9/28/11 (PennWell) -- Norwegian power company Statkraft announced it will begin construction of the 517-MW Cetin hydroelectric project on the Botan River in Turkey's Southeast Anatolia Region.
Statkraft purchased 95 percent of Turkish hydropower operator Yesil Enerji from Global Yatirim in 2009. At that time, a 350-MW Cetin project was listed among Yesil's projects in various stages of development.
Statkraft said the 500 million euro (US$678 million) project will be its largest hydropower plant outside Norway, generating 1.4 terawatt-hours annually. The project is to have two dams and powerhouses, 401-MW Cetin Main and 116-MW Cetin Lower.
Civil works are to be built by two Turkish firms, Yuksel and Ilci. Andritz Hydro of Austria is to supply electro-mechanical equipment under a 90 million euro (US$122 million) contract. Both plants are to begin operation in 2015.
Cetin Main is hold three Francis turbine-generators, while Cetin Lower will have two Kaplan units. Andritz said each plant also will have a small hydropower unit to generate power from minimum flows for protection of natural resources.
Statkraft's first hydro plant in Turkey, 20-MW Cakit, began operation in June 2010. The 102-MW Kargi plant is under construction on the Kizilirmak River with completion expected in 2013.