Turkey's Most Successful Power Station Applications Have Been Elected
ICCI 2012 – Energy Awards have Found Their Winners
The traditional Energy Awards awarded each year within the frame of Turkey's most consistent and comprehensive international energy event, ICCI Energy and Environment Fair and Conference, were awarded this year at a spectacular ceremony held in Ankara.
While 7 power stations won awards in 2 categories, the jury composed of the important names in the sector found 2 power stations worthy of Achievement Awards, and a project was honored by the Jury's Special Award.
The winners of ICCI 2012 Energy Awards, determined by evaluating 57 competing projects of leading companies in Turkey , received their prizes from Taner YILDIZ, the Minister of Energy, Hasan Murat Mercan, The Deputy Minister of Energy, Mahmut Mücahit Fındıklı, Chairman of the TGNA's Industry, Commerce, Energy, Natural Resources, Information and Technology Commission, Erol Kaya, Chairman of the TGNA's Environment Commission, and Hasan Köktaş, President of the Energy Market Regulatory Authority.
Energy Awards Ceremony, the second of which was organized this year, which increased the coverage of Turkey's and the region's biggest international event, ICCI, were awarded to the winners at a magnificent ceremony held at JW Marriott Hotel, in Ankara.
ICCI 2012 Energy Awards Ceremony organized by Sektörel Fuarcılık, where Turkey's biggest power stations competed, was attended by Taner YILDIZ, the Minister of Energy, Hasan Murat Mercan, The Deputy Minister of Energy, Mahmut Mücahit Fındıklı, Chairman of the TGNA's Industry, Commerce, Energy, Natural Resources, Information and Technology Commission, Erol Kaya, Chairman of the TGNA's Environment Commission, Hasan Köktaş, President of the Energy Market Regulatory Authority, as well as high level administrators of several public and private sector institutions, and administrators of Non-Governmental Organizations active in energy sector.
ICCI Energy Awards, the first of which was organized last year, was even more popular this year. 72 important and leading companies in the sector have applied for the ICCI 2012, 57 of which were taken into consideration, and 10 projects were found worthy of winning awards. The nominated power stations evaluated by the jury composed of Turkey's respected administrators and scientists in the sector, competed in 2 categories. While Wind Energy, Hydroelectricity, Geothermal, Biomass and Waste Power Stations were evaluated under Renewable Energy category, Natural Gas, Coal and Waste Heat Power Stations were evaluated under Thermal Power Stations category, and 7 of these projects were elected, in total.
Power Stations winning the "Energy Awards"
Upon completion of the evaluations that met the criteria set by the Jury, in Renewable Energy Power Stations field, hydroelectricity category, Limak Hidroelektrik Santral Yatırımları A.Ş., Alkumru Dam; in wind energy category, Borusan EnBW Enerji Yatırım ve Üretim A.Ş., Bandırma Wind Energy Power Station; in geothermal category, Gürmat Elektrik Üretim A.Ş., Germencik Power Station; in biomass and waste category, Oyka Kağıt Ambalaj San. ve Tic. A.Ş., Çaycuma Paper Plant Power Station, were awarded with ICCI Energy Awards.
For ICCI Energy Awards 2011, Thermal Power Stations Waste Heat category, Akçansa Çimento San. ve Tic. A.Ş.' Çanakkale Cement Plant, in Natural Gas category, EnerjiSA Enerji Üretim A.Ş.' Bandırma Power Station; and in Coal category İçdaş Çelik Enerji Tersane ve Ulaşım San. A.Ş.' Değirmencik Thermal Power Plant were found worthy of awards.
At the ceremony held with the presence of many high level administrators of the public and the private sector, awards were presented by Taner YILDIZ, the Minister of Energy, Hasan Murat Mercan, the Deputy Minister of Energy, Mahmut Mücahit FINDIKLI, AK Party Malatya MP and Chairman of the Energy Commission, Erol KAYA, AK Party Istanbul MP and the Chairman of Environment Commission, and Energy Market Regulatory Authority President Hasan KÖKTAŞ
The awards were received by Nihat Özdemir, the President of the Board of Directors of Limak, Abdülkadir Konukoğlu, the President of the Board of Directors of Sanko, Mehmet Acarla, Managing Director of EnBW Enerji, Adnan Polat, the President of the Board of Directors of Polat Enerji, Müşfik Yamantürk, Managing Director of Gürmat Enerji, Aytekin R. Kadıoğlu, Managing Director of Oyka Kağıt Ambalaj, Hakan Gürdal, Managing Director of Akçansa Çimento, Veli Balat, the Chief of Enerjisa Process Management, Bülend Engin, the CEO of İçdaş Çelik Enerji Tersane ve Ulaşım and Nejdet Yüce, the Group Manager of Türk Telekom Enerji ve Soğutma Sistemleri.
Evaluating the agenda before the announcement of the awards, Taner YILDIZ, the Minister of Energy, denoted that Turkey had made its choice 10 years ago, to grow through the private sector, and to grow at a rate higher than the world average, and thus to raise Turkey's ratings to higher positions. Minister Yıldız continued his speech as follows: "Within the last 10 years, considerable levels of success have been achieved. Here, it is very apparent. We have been raised to first 15th-16th economies from the first 26th economies. We also have set targets to be in the first 10th economies in the world, for the next 11 years. Can we succeed in this? When we set the first targets 10 years ago, the number of people thinking "we may not succeed" was higher, whereas today, the number of people who are confident "we can", are much higher. In that case, who is going to make it possible? The figures indicating the amount of savings in Turkey are much lower than thing partnerships with the e growth figures. Thus the private sector will make this possible together with the international capital. For that, I wish to extend my gratitude all representatives of the private sector and the representatives of the public, who have inspected, and formed the policies for this."
Minister Taner YILDIZ continued his speech as follows: "Because, if we put our average annual production of 3,500 - 4,000 MW on the table, and finance distribution and transmission separately, this financial structure that we produced was used for financing project that would be financed directly from the budget, such as the agricultural, legal, and educational project. In other words, every single one of these projects had indirect, as well as their direct benefits. That is why we always take care of the healthy structure of the sector, presence of the compatibility and quality. However, I also believe that this is the issue that we need to handle primarily. Total annual subvention figures for the agriculture sector, which represents around 30 percent of employment in Turkey, is around 7.2 billion. And I tell this figure, just to be able to make a comparison. Undertaking this weight upon its shoulders, the private sector has given public sector the capability of financing this easily. That is why; I need to say that in the energy sector, which is a very real sector, each one of us has contributed to social responsibility projects. Because we need to grow faster then the rest of the world, and as energy sector, we need to grow faster than the other sectors in Turkey.
"Some bodies aim at disrupting the energy sector"
Minister Taner YILDIZ stated that the structure which has included will power in the administration of the country, believed in the private sector. Saying that the private sector also believed in sustaining the political stability in Turkey, YILDIZ continued: "If either of these two is missing, then these investments cannot be made. That is why, one of the sectors that are required to be degenerated, and non-functional by some bodies that aim at increasing the fragility of Turkey, is the energy sector. Thus, we shall continue our investments. With reasonable profit levels, apparently if too much was given, it turned into capital transfer, and if too little was given, the private sector could not continue with its investments, but with reasonable profit levels, may Allah be willing, we shall take care of the good health of our private sector. Look, pay attention here. For this summer, there were some people who believed in that there would be sales at very high prices, yet again, there were some who believed that they would run into problems due to very low selling prices. None of these happened. The public sector, creating a synergy together with the private sector, made available all its present plants to the benefit of the country. May Allah be willing, we shall continue doing so, too."
"We are increasing the private sector's share "
"We now continue as having increased the private sector's share to 60 percent, from the 34 percent level when we took over, without discriminating between the public and the private sector. We took decisions on some privatization projects today to increase the private sector's share to 75 percent. And may Allah be willing, the private sector's share will go even higher."
Minister Taner YILDIZ also gave a short explanation on the natural gas. Highlighting the fact that the contracts by the private sector for 10 billion cubic meters natural gas arriving from the western pipeline was almost complete, YILDIZ said: "Our next target is to serve the other missing 4 billion cubic meters to the benefit of the private sector, the same way. We are spending our efforts in decreasing the total costs of the products entering the Turkish pool and in the mean time to increase the turnover. So far, nothing in this big picture is going wrong, and is about to be completed. In other words, thank Allah; so far there is nothing wrong with the basic policies, despite the global crisis. Take note that although the economies are getting more and more global, the policies are getting more nationalistic. Using its advantages arising from the geography of its presence, may Allah be willing; Turkey will remain in this sector, growing as ever. For this, I congratulate you, the representatives of the private sector, once again, who have taken over these risks and who have believed in that employment in Turkey would be sustained. I sincerely congratulate here all the investors who have received their awards, who will receive their awards this year and the next year. I say once again that, they will be under our shoulders especially for their investments in domestic and renewable resources.
Expressing that Turkey has become attractive not only for the local investors, but for the global players as well, AK Party Malatya MP and the Chairman of TGNA's Industry, Commerce, Energy, Natural Resources, Information and Technology Commission, Mücahit Fındıklı continued: "Transformation of the public sector into a regulating and inspecting role from a player's role in the energy markets, helps the markets to become more competitive and trustworthy, in parallel." Also stating that transformation into free market economy in the energy sector took long and was difficult, and thus each project was worthy of an award.
Saying "We need energy for the development of our country, however in generating this energy, we need to care for the environment that we shall pass over to the future generations", AK Party Istanbul MP and Chairman of the TGNA's Environment Commission, Erol Kaya stated that although they have tried to regulate the sensitivity towards environment through legal measures, this had important moral dimensions in large civilizations, and added: "We do what we need to do in terms of regulations, however the masses need to be made aware of the moral aspects of this issue. I need to repeat on behalf of my commission that we support all investments which do not overlook the environment."
Another important participant of the ICCI 2012 – Energy Awards Ceremony was Hasan Köktaş, the President of the Energy Market Regulatory Authority. Stating in his speech that until 10-15 years ago, there were only 3 companies fully owned by the state were active in the energy sector, there were over 25 thousand companies that applied for obtaining licenses, Köktaş Continued as follows: "I know of fist hand the difficulties the private sector is faced with realizing investments. That is why I believe that such awards are important and I sincerely hope that they will continue. I hope that the criteria and the methodologies of the awards will be broadened and will be institutionalized. I also believe that while determining the projects to be awarded, environment and social responsibility criteria will also be considered."
Informing the participants on how the competition was planned technically, how it worked and the working methods of the jury, Dr. Selahattin Çimen, Deputy Undersecretary of the Ministry of Energy, and the Chairman of ICCI Executive Committee said: "If the performance shown in the energy sector is not sufficient, it will be very difficult achieve the targets set for 2023. Thus, the weight and the responsibility on the sector's shoulder are huge." Expressing that the idea of presenting the private sector with awards came up to motivate the private sector and to unveil the beautiful and beneficial side of the private sector, Çimen highlighted that the evaluations made were very transparent.
Stating that they have been organizing Turkey's most important fairs, exhibitions and conferences on energy, environment, recycling and waste products as Sektörel Fuarcılık, Süleyman Bulak, the President of the Board of Directors of Sektörel Fuarcılık said: "I have observed that ICCI Energy Or-scars Awards attracted the attention of the public and the private sector, more this year. You may appreciate our excitement with 72 of Turkey's biggest and most important energy companies applying as nominees and with 58 of these being evaluated. We will do our best to have these awards institutionalized."
Power Stations Winning ICCI 2012 Energy Awards
Renewable Energy Power Stations
Wind Energy Category
- Limak Hidroelektrik Santral Yatırımları A.Ş.
- Borusan EnBW Enerji Yatırım ve Üretim A.Ş.
Bandırma Power Station
Biomass and Waste Category
- Gürmat Elektrik Üretim A.Ş.
Germencik Power Station
Solar Category Jury's Special Award
- Oyka Kağıt Ambalaj San. Ve Tic. A.Ş.
Çaycuma Paper Plant
- Türk Telekomünikasyon A.Ş.
Backing of Türk Telekom A.Ş. Energy Infrastructure with Solar Energy
Thermal Power Stations
Waste Heat Category
Natural Gas Category
- Akçansa Çimento San. Ve Tic. A.Ş.
Çanakkale Cement Plant
- EnerjiSA Enerji Üretim A.Ş.
Bandırma Power Station
- İçdaş Çelik Enerji Tersane ve Ulaşım San. A.Ş.
Değirmencik Thermal Power Plant
Hydroelectricity Category Achievement Award
Wind Energy Category Achievement Award
- Sanko Enerji / Sanibey Barajı Elek. Üret. Ve Tic. A.Ş.
- Polat Enerji San. Ve Tic. A.Ş.
Soma Wind Energy Power Plant