Turkish firms have ordered turbines for wind, hydro and geothermal power projects, reflecting Ankara’s push to reduce its dependence on imported natural gas for generating electricity. Turkey’s energy ministry aims to fully develop the country’s coal and hydropower resources, and is targeting 20GW of wind and 600MW of geothermal capacity by 2023, as well as meeting 5% of demand from nuclear power.

Denmark’s Vestas announced on 3 September an order for 16 3.3MW wind turbines from Erciyas Çelik Boru, a Turkish steel pipes manufacturer that is building its first wind project. The 52MW Kavakli RES wind farm will be built in the southern province of Balikesir. The turbines are scheduled for delivery in 1Q14, with commissioning expected to start by 2Q14. (CONTINUED - 300 WORDS)