WORLD’S LONGEST AND DEEPEST RAIL TUNNEL OPENS IN EUROPE

The world’s longest and deepest train tunnel officially opened on June 1 in Switzerland, nearly seven decades after the initial design was conceived and 17 years after its construction started. The opening saw the attendance of many European leaders as well as prayers by a priest, an imam and a rabbi, as well as colorful dance performances.

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TURKEY’S ‘LARGEST SOLAR POWER PLANT’ IN CENTRAL ANATOLIA

Tekno Ray Solar has opened Turkey’s largest solar power plant with a total power capacity of 22.5 megawatts in the Central Anatolian province of Konya together with its Italian partner, Enerray.

The power plant, which has an initial production capacity of 18.5 MW, will meet the electricity demand of more than 20,000 households.

A total of 74,106 solar power panels were used in the power plant, which is located on a 430,000-square-meter plot of land.

Tekno Group CEO Altay Coşkunoğlu stated that; “The Konya Kızören Solar Power Plant is the biggest of its kind of Turkey. We believe that solar energy will grow rapidly in our country.”

Atound 400 people worked to build the power plant over the last eight months.

The Konya Kızören plant will help prevent an average of 18,000 tons of CO2 emissions every year.

SABANCI EXPLORING INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS

Turkey’s second-biggest conglomerate, the Sabanci Group, is considering international partnerships for strengthening energy management and manufacturing operations to reduce its reliance on the banking business.

Sabancı Holding reported revenue of 48 billion liras ($17.6 billion) and net income of 2.2 billion liras in 2015. It controls a fifth of the Turkish electricity market, handling everything from power generation to sales with German partner E.ON. It also operates supermarkets with French partner Carrefour.

Banking operations account for around 45 percent of the conglomerate’s total assets.

The company aims to increase the share of its energy and industrial businesses to 40-45 percent.

ENERJISA TUFANBEYLI THERMAL POWER PLANT INAGURATED

Enerjisa Tufanbeyli Thermal Power Plant is situated in the Tufanbeyli district of Adana, built by the Sabancı Group is inagurated.

Enerjisa Tufanbeyli Thermal Power Plant costed $1.1 billion, has a capacity of 450 megawatt. The power plant will meet the electricity need of 1.5 million residences by using coal equivalent to $6 billion worth of natural gas.

Over 4500 people worked in the construction of the power plant and 1000 people will work to operate it. It is the biggest privately-owned lignite power plant in Turkey. The power plant will produce energy in accordance with international standards thanks to its environment-friendly technology.

The material handling systems of the power plant has been designed and built by the Spanish Company PHB Weserhütte.