Turkish offshore wind opportunities

08-10-2018

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On 12/07/2018, 3E held an offshore wind energy workshop in İstanbul together  with WindEurope and the Turkish Wind Energy Association (TÜREB).

The Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources will initiate a tender focusing on the implementation of Turkey’s first offshore wind park (1200 MW). Together with WindEurope and the Turkish Wind Energy Association (TÜREB), 3E organised a workshop at the Technical University of İstanbul to inform the energy agencies, investors and the financial institutions of the offshore wind technologies and the current status of developments in European countries. The bidders will compete under a Dutch auction scheme where the ceiling price was announced at $80 per MWh.

The President of TÜREB, Mr. Mustafa Ataseven gave the opening statement of the workshop and highlighted that, with this new large-scale offshore wind project, an additional 3 billion USD will be invested in Turkey. He also mentioned that, as of July 2018, the total capacity of the onshore wind energy facilities in Turkey has reached 7GW. With this new offshore wind energy project, designed as a YEKA (renewable energy resource site), the winning party will be required to use 60% of the equipment from local manufacturers, while 80% of the personnel to be employed will be Turkish engineers.

Diletta Zeni, Advisor in Energy and Climate Change for WindEurope presented the latest European offshore wind energy developments and how the new emerging markets such as Turkey can build on these experiences.

Herbert Jost, Investment Director of DEME, a leading Belgian company in the field of offshore and marine engineering, presented a selection of encountered circumstances during the realization of offshore wind energy projects.

3E experts, Dr. Achim Woyte (Strategic Consultant in Grids & Markets) and Barış Adiloğlu (Team Leader in Wind Energy) shared their experiences in the integration of offshore wind power plants into national grids, as well as the technical issues associated when conducting technical feasibility studies on offshore wind projects.

The workshop closed with panel talks, lead by Dr. Sena Serhadlıoğlu (Business Development Specialist for 3E), summarising the important take-aways discussed during the presentations and providing a platform to address the questions of the audience.