GE has received a contract of US$17.9M to supply hydro turbines, generators, and additional equipment and services for the Yamula dam and hydroelectric power plant in the Kayseri Province of central Turkey.

The owner and operator of the Yamula facility, which will produce 100MW at full load upon its completion in mid 2005, will be Kayseri Elektrik Uretim Sanayi ve Ticaret of Ankara, Turkey. The company is owned by Ayen Energy which operates the 9.6MW Kisik and 84MW Camlica hydro power stations in Turkey.

Civil construction of the Yamula plant began in 2000 and is currently 40% complete. The new facility will help to meet the increasing demand for power in Turkey, which is estimated to grow by 5-10% annually over the next ten years.

GE business units included in the contract are GE Energy Norway AS of Oslo and General Elektrik Ticaret ve Servis, a GE company based in Istanbul. GE Canada will be responsible for supplying the generators. ge-hydro, in association with GE Capital, arranged export credit financing through the Export Agency of Norway.

The scope of GE Hydro’s contract includes the design, supply and erection of the electrical/mechanical equipment including two vertical Francis turbine-generators rated at 50MW each, main inlet valves, a governor system, cooling water and drainage systems, main transformers, switchyard equipment and services. ABB will supply electrical balance-of-plant components.

The equipment will be manufactured at GE Hydro facilities in Norway, Canada and Brazil and will be shipped to the project site in the second quarter of 2004 with the installation and commissioning to be completed in mid-2005.

Won in competitive bidding, the Yamula project marks GE’s first hydro power contract with Kayseri Elektrik.