A partnership of Turkish, Chinese and American firms are working on a project to build a 1000-megawatt (MW) pumped-storage hydro power plant in the Isparta province, in the western Anatolian region of Turkey, General Electric (GE) General Manager for Hydroelectricity Dept. of GE in Turkey said on Thursday.
A pumped-storage hydro power plant generates power through potential gravitational energy, which is then utilized by an electric power system.
The project will be built in partnership with the Gezhouba Group from China, KAF Teknik Yapı from Turkey and General Electric from the U.S.
The partnership of these three companies are due to invest around $1.5 billion in the dam project in Isparta's Egirdir lake.
Commenting on the latest investment, GE General Manager, Marwan Al Roub said GE would provide 4,250 MW dual hydro electricity turbines and equipment for the plant that is expected to start in January 2022.
"Turkey has ambitious plans for hydropower over the coming decade," the International Hydropower Association was quoted as saying.
According to the association, despite recent slowdowns, Turkey remains one of Europe’s leading markets for future hydropower development due to a combination of abundant resources, a supportive government, and favorable policy framework.
"The pumped-storage hydro power plant will provide important capacity towards Turkey's renewable energy potential," Al Roub stated.
The plant will be built in Egirdir Lake. With an area of 482 square kilometers it is the fourth largest lake in Turkey.
As a developing country, Turkey's electricity consumption continues to rise each year. Consequently, it aims to meet its increasing energy needs through domestic resources to alleviate dependency on foreign reserves.
The country aims to mark its 100th anniversary as a republic in 2023 with a total installed electric power capacity from renewables of 110 gigawatts (GW) – up from 32 GW in 2002 and 64 GW in 2014.
Reporting By Yalcin Celen, Gulsen Cagatay