Turkey’s Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources today announced a tender for first of its kind offshore wind, targeting 1200 MW of installed capacity. The deadline for applications is October 23rd. According to today’s Official Gazette, the tender will be conducted in a reverse auction from ceiling price set at 8 dollar cents per kilowatt-hour. Lowest winning bid will sign a power purchase agreement for the first 50 terawatt-hour of electricity production starting from the first commissioning date of the project.

Three potential candidate regions were identified, two located in the Aegean Sea (Gallipoli and Saros) and one in the Black Sea (Kiyikoy). Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Berat Albayrak has announced that 60% localization and 80% local employment is required in this project.

Turkey is committed to increase its share of renewables. The country held 1000 megawatts onshore wind auction in 2017 which will be commissioned in 2020. Share of installed renewable energy capacity has already reached to 47% and the country plans to add an additional 10,000 megawatts of installed wind capacity in the coming decade.

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