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Türkiye begins turbine tests on the 558 MW Yusufeli hydropower plant

The Turkish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has announced that the 558 MW Yusufeli hydropower plant has begun its first turbine tests for power generation, ten months after its inauguration in November 2022. Built on the Çoruh River near Artvin in northern Türkiye, the TRY1.5bn (€220m) hydro power plant started construction in 2012 and is expected to generate around 1.9 TWh/year.

As of end-2022, Turkey's hydropower capacity reached 31.6 GW (30% of the total installed capacity in the country), and it accounted for 21% of the country's total power generation. Two large hydropower plants were commissioned in 2021, namely 454 MW Lower Kalekoy and 280 MW Alpaslan-2. Around 3.3 GW of hydropower capacity is currently under construction, and another 1.8 GW is under development.

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