ESB International said today that it has secured its first contract in Turkey.

The €30m six-year contract is in partnership with investment company UNIT and will see ESB International operate and maintain the Yeni Elektrik Power Station in the country.

It will also provide technical and engineering support to the plant.

ESB International and UNIT have formed a 50/50 joint venture company known as UNES to manage the contract for the plant, which will generate electricity for the Turkish market.

The company also announced today that it has finished a major stage in its Tanzanian energy project, as it switched on the new 132kV submarine interconnector from Tanzania to Zanzibar Island.

ESB International operates in Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia and set up its first office in Turkey last year.

''The Turkish power plant is capable of generating up to 3% of electricity consumption in Turkey and the expansion of the electricity infrastructure in Tanzania will transform people's lives and offer new generations a bright future as it did in Ireland in the 1950's,'' commented John McSweeney, Head of Innovation at ESB.