World Bank Provides Funds For Turkish Renewable Energy Integration Project
The objective of the project is “to assist Turkey in meeting its increased power demand by strengthening the transmission system and facilitating large-scale renewable energy generation”. Additionally, the project seeks to “to avoid Green House Gas (GHG)
emissions from fossil fuel based power through greater integration of renewable energy sources based generation in Turkey.
The project has four components, two of which are proposed to be partly financed with CTF funds:
(i) Upfront development of transmission infrastructure to facilitate faster development of WPPs (CTF: USD 25 million, IBRD: USD 25 million), which will install three 380kV 500 MVA highly digitalized sub-stations with associated grid connection structures for evacuation of wind power in the provinces of Can, Izmir and Hamitabat;
(ii) Smart-grid investments to strengthen grid operation and management in face of higher wind energy generation (CTF: USD 25 million, IBRD: USD 32.5 million), which will enable real-time monitoring of the network, system upgrades, and installation of remote
terminal units, etc. to enable TEIAS to handle increasing amounts of wind energy. In addition, the World Bank is exploring Technical Assistance to support implementation of smart-grid technologies and wind energy markets and regulation, as well as support for
safeguards strengthening through CTF grant of an additional USD 1 million, which will support capacity building at TEIAS, EMRA and Ministry of Environment and Urban Development.
The other two components of the project to be financed by IBRD will install submarine power cable and underground transmission cables to interconnect wind energy locations and strengthen the transmission network.
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