Constructed by Çalık Enerji in the city of Beýik Türkmenbaşy in the Lebap Region of Turkmenistan, the 254 MW "Watan State Power Plant" opened by a ceremony with broad participation.
Opened by the President of Turkmenistan, H.E. Gurbanguli Berdimuhamedow, the ceremony was attended by Deputy Presidents of Turkmenistan, Minister of Energy of Turkmenistan, senior officials of the Ministry as well as Mr. Ahmet Çalık, Chairman of the Executive Committee of Çalık Holding, Mr. Osman Saim Dinç, Director-General of Çalık Enerji and Member of the Executive Committee, senior executives of Çalık Enerji, and Mr. Ricardo Cordoba, President of GE Energy Western Europe & North Africa.
Starting with the arrival of H.E. Gurbanguli Berdimuhamedow at 5 PM on July 7, 2016, the ceremony continued with a show of the folk dances group. After the show, the President cut the ribbon in front of the plant's control premises and entered the control room. Then, the President was briefed by a personnel regarding the operations of the plant and opened it by pushing the handle on the rostrum forward. The attendants signed the guest book after the opening ceremony.
The President of Turkmenistan received Mr. Ahmet Çalık and Mr. Ricardo Cordoba after the ceremony. Both executives expressed their gratitude towards H.E Gurbanguli Berdimuhamedow for taking time for the opening and receiving them and conveyed their wish to provide their services in years to come through projects that will contribute to the development and progress of Turkmenistan. H.E Gurbanguli Berdimuhamedow thanked Çalık Holding and General Electric for their services in Turkmenistan and expressed his wish for the continuation of such services in the future. The ceremony came to an end after the President left following the meeting. Construction of the "Watan State Power Plant" started upon a decision by the Turkmenistan President in January 2015. The 254 MW plant encompasses 2 GE 9E gas turbines.
Located on approximately a 60 thousand square meter-land, the plant embodies two switch yards of 110 and 220 kW. Over 600 Turkmen and Turkish personnel took part in the construction of the plant comprising of many auxiliary plants and administrative buildings. The plant was handed over 6 months prior to the contract date with a huge success.