Converging Cultures, Uniting Goals:
GE Works with ENKA to Power Turkey
As a country that bridges the gap from the West to the East, Turkey has been a geographic focal point throughout history. It was known as Anatolia to the ancient Romans, and served as a bustling trade hub. Next it was a cultural epicenter during the height of the Ottoman Empire.
Today, with its location at the crossroads between oil-rich Middle East and former Soviet Union countries, and the European demand centers, Turkey is playing an increasingly important role in the transit of oil and natural gas. The country is on track to become another type of hub, though—a hub of technological innovation and R&D, and ENKA is leading the charge.
A construction conglomerate based out of Istanbul, ENKA has been supplying 12% of Turkey’s electricity since 2002. With the help of GE’s Power Generation Services business, ENKA plans to deliver up to 200 MW of additional power to the country by upgrading 10 GE 9FA gas turbines with Advanced Gas Path (AGP) and Dry Low NOx (DLN) 2.6+ combustion solutions. The project also includes an extension of ENKA’s Parts and Services Agreement (PSA) with GE.
Upon completion of this program, ENKA plants will reach over 57% combined efficiency, delivering enough electricity to power 200,000 additional households in Turkey. The AGP upgrade helps ENKA harness the power of big data and the Industrial Internet to ensure each turbine is running optimally at all times. Best of all, this upgrade lets ENKA gain the flexibility to take advantage of the country’s diversified energy storage portfolio, which includes plentiful wind power.
This project is ENKA’s contribution to help meet Turkey’s 2023 Centennial Vision, which includes goals of increasing efficiency of the country’s energy sector, and reducing its carbon footprint. ENKA and GE are committed to accelerating Turkey’s industrial growth by driving infrastructure investment, as well as localizing GE’s expertise and technology to help build capabilities, develop human capital, and create job opportunities. By collaborating on new technology adoption, GE and ENKA are working side by side to maintain Turkey’s role as a global epicenter.