"Winners Have Been Presented with ICCI 2014 Energy Awards"
11 projects have been found worthy of awards in Renewable Energy Power Stations, Thermal Energy Power Stations, and Efficiency categories.
The "ICCI 2014 Energy Awards", the 4th of which was organised this year, was held in the J W Marriott Hotel in Ankara, on December 15th, 2014, with Mr. Taner YILDIZ, the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of the Republic of Turkey, Mr. Halil MAZICIOGLU, Chairman of the Energy Commission of the Turkish Grand National Assembly, Mr. Erol Kaya, Chairman of the Environment Commission of the Turkish Grand National Assembly.
During the event which divided 50 projects that applied for 9 categories, to 3 main categories, al projects have been evaluated by a jury composed of the respected names of the sector.
Power stations and projects that applied for the awards have been evaluated according to a point allocation system based of pre-determined measurable criteria, power stations and projects with the highest points have been identified for each sector.
Opening Ceremony started with the welcome speech of Mr. Süleyman Bulak, Managing Director of Sektörel Fuarcılık. At the Ceremony, Dr. Selahattin Çimen, Chairman of the Board of Execution of ICCI, Mr. Mustafa Yılmaz, Chairman of the Energy Market Regulation Authority, Mr. Erol Kaya, Chairman of the Environment Commission of the TGNA, Mr. Halil MAZICIOGLU, Chairman of the Energy Commission of the TGNA, and Mr. Taner Yıldız, the Minister of Energy and National Resources, all participated in speeches.
Renewable Energy Power Stations Category
In this category, for the Renewable Energy Power Stations,
The award went to "Zorlu Gökçedağ Wind Power Station Project" of Rotor Elektrik Üretim A.Ş. in Wind Energy sector.
In this sector, the jury special prize went to "Ser Metal License Free Wind Energy Power Generating Station Project" of Northel Enerji San. Tic.A.Ş.
In the Renewable Energy, Hydroelectricity sector, IC İçtaş Enerji Üretim ve Tic. A.Ş Niksar Hydro-electricity Power Generation Plant won the award.
In the same category, "Kızıldere Geothermal Power Generation Plant" project of Zorlu Doğal Elektrik Üretim A.Ş. was given the award in the geothermal sector.
On the other hand, in the Biomass and Waste sector, "Ak Gıda Anaerobic Treatment Plant" of Ak Gıda San. ve Tic.A.Ş. was found worthy of the award.
Whereas SEİSO Enerji Sistemleri Müh.San. ve Tic.A.Ş. was awarded for their "Mercan Marble Factory" in the Solar Energy sector.
Thermal Energy Power Generation Stations Category
In Thermal Energy Power Generation Stations category,
For the Natural Gas sector, RWE & Turcas Güney Elektrik Üretim A.Ş "Denizli Natural Gas Combined Conversion Power Generation Plant" won the award.
In Coal sector, İçdaş Çelik Enerji Tersane ve Ulaşım San. A.Ş "Değirmencik Thermal Power Plant" was found worthy of the award.
On the other hand, in Waste Heat sector, the awards was given to Nuh Çimento Sanayi A.Ş "Electricity Generation from Waste Heat in Hereke" project.
In this sector, the jury special prize went to SEAŞ TSADE (Termik Santral Atık Isılarının Değerlendirilmesi – Recycling of Thermal Power Station Waste Heat) project.
The jury special prize in the Efficiency category,
was given to Arsan Dokuma Boya San. Tic.A.Ş. for their factory in "Kahramanmaraş".
Taner Yıldız, the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources: "The trust in Turkey's political stability and its sustainability increased further."
Taking the floor at the ICCI 2014 Awards Ceremony, where 11 different projects won various awards, Mr. Taner Yıldız, the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources said: "Within the last 11 months, there has been a reduction in petroleum products amounting to 81 kuruş in 9 reductions, and a reduction amounting to 71 kuruş in diesel products, in 7 reductions. Now, it is possible to fill a 55 lt petrol tank with TL 236, whereas TL 280 was needed to fill the same tank 6 months ago. Similarly, for the diesel, it is sufficient to pay TL 207, instead of TL 246, for a tank of equal volume." In the same speech he gave at the ICCI 2014 Energy Oscars Awards Ceremony, Yıldız also expressed that the trust in Turkey's social stability and its sustainability increased further.
Mentioning that the investments would continue, Yıldız added: "Although we currently have a supply surplus compared to our energy supply security, we will continue our investments. Turkey will continue growing and advancing. No matter what the reason or the cause may be, all efforts towards disturbing Turkey's stability will remain inconclusive." Pointing out that size of the sector reached almost TL 112 billion, with TL 98 billion in petroleum products, TL 12,4 billion in LPG, and TL 1,2 billion in black products, Yıldız explained that the sector produced tax revenue of TL 60 billion.
Also pointing out that the number of vehicles in Turkey increased to 18,6 million from 8,6 million, in the last 12 years, Yıldız said that the number of vehicles increased by almost a million each year. Yıldız also added that more than half of the imported products in energy have been consumed in transportation. Stating that the implementation of major energy projects that cannot be isolated from international politics and relations would change some balances, Yıldız expressed that Turkey in due course would benefit from its geographical advantages. Yıldız said: "The current and future projects, either in the Blacksea region, or in the Mediterranean, we need to calculate their added value individually, in per square kilometre basis. We shall follow them vey closely. Each one of these will be very useful in terms of energy structuring in Turkey, energy supply, and the variety in resources."
"The tanks are filled for cheaper"
Mentioning of the drops in the crude oil prices, Yıldız said that there have been some arguments in the market, trying to place the reality and the perception separately. Yıldız stated: "The perception is as follows: Do these reductions reflect the actual drops in prices? The rate of decrease in the crude oil is not the same as the rate of the drop in petroleum products. Neither it is worldwide. We too are located in the Mediterranean market. In the last 6 moths, the crude oil prices dropped to US$ 60 per barrel, from US$ 115. Sustainability of such prices is important. We will be happier if the prices drop to US$ 30 levels, as consumers, but some of the producers stop producing oil when the prices drop below certain levels. Then, the supply levels drop and consequently the prices go up."
Stressing on the importance of sustainable prices in petroleum, Yıldız expressed that process of floating and stable prices was very important. Evaluating the final reductions in the petroleum products, Yıldız continued as follows: "In gasoline, the price, excluding the taxes, dropped by 44.4 percent. In Turkey, this drop was 42.1 percent. Increases in US dollars naturally affect the selling price of something that we buy in Us dollars. These are the reasons behind the differences. But, this is the same in Italy, and in Spain. On the other hand, diesel prices dropped by 36.8 percent. This drop in Turkey was around 32.5 percent. What needs to be considered is this. How much did we pay to fill a 55 litres tank 6 months ago, and how much do we pay for it today? No one, the distributers, producers, the refinery owners, the agents should not mutually abuse this matter. What ever the rights of our people and of our industrialists are, they will be given, any how. This is how the mechanism works. Within the last 6 months, there has been a reduction in petroleum products amounting to 81 kuruş in 9 reductions, and a reduction amounting to 71 kuruş in diesel products, in 7 reductions. Now, it is possible to fill a 55 lt petrol tank with TL 236, whereas TL 280 was needed to fill the same tank 6 months ago. Similarly, for the diesel, it is sufficient to pay TL 207, instead of TL 246, for a tank of equal volume. In the last 6 months, a pricing balance difference of 5.5 billion dollars has been automatically to the people through pricing mechanisms. This was the outcome of the latest developments in the world markets."
Erol Kaya, Chairman of the Environment Commission of the TGNA said that the environment should not have been sacrificed for the development, and the development should have been sacrificed for the fetishism of environment. Expressing that the managements in Soma and Ermenek defended themselves saying that they "operated according to the legislations and they were innocent", Kaya stated that going beyond the legislations was a moral responsibility, too.
Halil Mazıcıoğlu, Chairman of the Energy Commission of the TGNA, expressed in his speech that the energy had an important role in the sustainable development and the welfare level of the countries.
Mentioning that the measure of the development of a country was directly proportional to the consumption of energy, Mazıcıoğlu pointed that Turkey was in a better position in primary electricity consumption than many of the countries in Europe. Expressing that Turkey made major moves forward in the renewable energies field in recent years, Mazıcıoğlu noted that investments in made in this field by the private sector increased considerably, following the recent legal arrangements. The ceremony was attended by a number of high level public sector officials, representatives of academic and non governmental organisations, and the leading professionals of the energy sector.
Mustafa Yılmaz, Chairman of EMRA, pointed out in his speech that the energy awards had contributed considerably to development of the sector and in implementing new projects.
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