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Power specialists Alstom have announced that they have been selected to supply all electrical equipment - and the environmental unit - to Turkey's new hydroelectric plant, Beyhan 1. The contract, awarded by the firm Kalehan Enerji, is valued at US $46 million and will mean the firm plays a significant role in the construction of the 600 MW plant located near the city of Elazig. Operations are planned to begin at the site in 2015.
Alstom will be providing equipment that includes the 32 MW environmental turbine-generator unit, power transformers and the 380 kV switchyard, together with low voltage systems and electrical protection. The firm has previously supplied similar equipment to Turkish projects including the Ataturk dam – the country's largest hydro power plant.
Country president of Alstom Turkey Adil Tekin said of the deal, "With this contract, Alstom strengthens its market share in Turkey and its leading position in the country's hydropower industry. This contract emphasises the fact that we will continue to play a major role in the development of Turkey's energy industry."
The Beyhan 1 facility is the first of four hydroelectric projects that Turkey's Kalehan Enerji is planning to build on the river Murat.