WSP celebrates the opening of one of Turkey’s largest natural gas combined cycle plant located in Hamitabat, Kırklareli. Constructed in the early 1980s, the newly renovated 1,220MW power plant will help meet the energy demand for the European side of Turkey, including the Thrace area and Istanbul

Limak Enerji, a leading energy trading, generation and distribution company, bought Hamitabat from the Turkish government in August 2013 to upgrade the power plant which was coming to the end of its operational life, and appointed WSP to serve as the Owner’s Engineer from feasibility study and engineering design through to construction, start up and commissioning. This appointment followed WSP’s successful due diligence work on Hamitabat since October 2012.

Energy (including mechanical, electrical, civil and control systems), highways and bridges engineers from WSP’s Newcastle, Manchester, Godalming, Bristol and Turkey offices have been involved in this project.

The Hamitabat project has been quite unique in the way it has retained the cooling towers and other infrastructure built in the 1980s while integrating the latest ‘H’ class gas turbine technology developed by Siemens. As a result of the renovation the power plant is expected to consume less natural gas, reduce noise emission by 15%, and water consumption is expected to decrease from 318,000 tonnes to 154,000 tonnes.

Garry Halliday, Project Manager at WSP said: “We’re delighted to handover this much-needed power plant to our client Limak Enerji. The project has been a tremendous collaboration of diverse talent and proficiency from our UK and Turkish offices on this challenging project. The clever integration of the new turbines to the existing infrastructure has not only brought about environmental benefits but also economic benefits in the form of jobs to the region.”

WSP has provided engineering and consultancy services for a number of major energy schemes in the UK and internationally; including the Medupi Power Station in South Africa, which is the largest power station in the world, and has recently been appointed Owner’s Engineer on Centrica’s King’s Lynn gas-fired power station in Norfolk which is expected to generate enough power for the equivalent of more than 370,000 homes once completed.

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