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Turkey Releases 1000 MWe Capacity Wind Power Tender Specifications – OpEd


Turkey’s Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources (MENR) published the invitation of tender competition for Wind Energy Renewable Resource Power Plant Region (YEKA in Turkish) on April 13, in the Official Gazette and announced it to the public as well as to the all  interested parties.

Applications for the tender will be made to the Directorate General of Renewable Energy of the MENR by July 27, 2017 at 12:00.

In the early application phase, a firm but temporary guarantee letter for one year which would be in full or partly cashable, at non-limit 10 (ten million) US Dollars will be submitted to the tendering vendor institution.

The initial ceiling bid price of the competition will be  7.00 US cents / kWh. The electricity purchase period will be 15 years. Winner will receive the land, make the investment, install the wind power plant and sell the electricity to the vendor institution for 15 years at a fixed price.

Business Partnerships or Consortiums which are established by the legal entity or by more than one legal entity may apply. To participate in the competition, the competitor must submit a work experience list of completion certificate showing the Wind Turbine generation with a total power of at least 2,000 (two thousand) MWe from 01/01/2014 until 31/12/2016 of the Technology Provider.

Following is a list of manufacturers that have installed 2000 MWe wind power plant in the world in the last two years, in terms of  market share in the world (2015) in a range from small to large:

Nordex Germany, 3.4%
Ming Yang, China, 3.7%
United Power, China, 3.9%
Gamesa, Spain, 4.6%
GE, USA, 4.9%
Sulzon Group, India 6.3%
Siemens Germany, 8.0%
Enercon Germany, 10.1%
Goldwind, China 10.2%
Vestas Denmark, 13.2%

Earlier it was not yet the last definitive official specification, so tentative draft  tenders for 1000- Mwe wind plants were shared with interested parties as “top secret”. By way of example, independent private persons can prepare such draft documents.

A  manager in a well-known Turkish-foreign joint venture company,  experienced master engineer brother, one day said to me, “If you start working after the tender documents have been sold out, you cannot win that tender for sure.”

Over time I saw how accurate this recommendation was. You will be involved in the preparation of the tender specifications. The sales people should  help the buyer. If you receive a request for help, you will answer immediately, you will help, you will be supportive. Most purchasers do not have enough experience nor enough time to get the necessary technical and commercial documents.

They ask for help from market vendors to prepare the tender documents. Vendors even prepare them directly. You have to be involved in helping to prepare the tender documents. In the meantime you will take your position. You will be looking for a local-foreign partner.

You will need draft specifications in English for these tenders. You should prepare the draft if it is in the short notice, or sit down and write yourself. Tender documents are similar to each other. International tender specifications have standard items. It never changes. If you know the capacity, location, fuel specs, you can always write draft contract specifications by yourself.

Then you get out  in international markets with this draft specification. You can sign cooperation agreements. You will save time. The formation of a joint venture partnership requires at least 6 months. When the tender documents come out, vendor  will usually give you 90 days. Then vendor consumes at least 6-month evaluation. No sound offer can be made within 90 days.

Years ago, I prepared draft technical documents both in Turkish-English with the demands of the Ministry’s employees for a new domestic coal-fired thermal power plant. I have used an outdated technical tender specification of the vendor institution by renewing the name capacity location informations.

I have foreseen design of the USA boiler specs so that we can take advantage of it. So I filled the necessary standards with ASME, ASTM only. Official final tender conditions were later added German, Russian, Japanese technical standards by the administration of the vendor staff to ensure tender equality.

To be able to pre-negotiate with foreigners and prepare early proposals, such preliminary texts are required for domestic firms. They have no official image. There is no possibility to wait for the final official tender specification to be announced, capacity is known, place is known, prevailing rules are known, main text is almost certain.  For the draft wind tender for 1000 MWe, the solar power plant for 1000 MWe specification can be taken as basis. The draft specification can be made ready to be prepared.

Now the final tender is already announced. So the official specification will apply for proposal for all interested parties. For any further information you require, please feel free to contact the vendor authority.

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Haluk Direskeneli

Haluk Direskeneli, is a graduate of METU Mechanical Engineering department (1973). He worked in public, private enterprises, USA Turkish JV companies (B&W, CSWI, AEP, Entergy), in fabrication, basic and detail design, marketing, sales and project management of thermal power plants. He is currently working as freelance consultant/ energy analyst with thermal power plants basic/ detail design software expertise for private engineering companies, investors, universities and research institutions. He is a member of Chamber of Turkish Mechanical Engineers Energy Working Group.

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