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Turkey to Start Output at $1.4 Billion Hydro Plant in February

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Dec. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Turkey will start the $1.4 billion Deriner hydropower plant in February after test runs are done.

The plant, one of 10 on the Coruh River, will produce 2.12 billion kilowatt-hours a year, almost 1 percent of the country’s generation, Ankara-based State Hydraulics Works, known as DSI, said today in a statement. Construction began in 1997.

The 670-megawatt arch-dam project, built by a group made up of ABB Ltd., Sulzer AG, Stucky SA, Technostroyexport of Russia and Erg Insaat of Turkey, will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Dec. 12, according to the statement.

Turkey had hydropower capacity of 19,500 megawatts at the end of November, about a third of its total generation of 56,760 megawatts, according to the website of Turkiye Elektrik Iletim AS, the state transmission utility. DSI, which manages river-projects for the nation, will transfer the operation of the plant to government-run producer Elektrik Uretim AS, it said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ercan Ersoy in Istanbul at eersoy@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Benedikt Kammel at bkammel@bloomberg.net

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