24 Aug 2021 İZMİR AIMS TO BE PIONEER CITY IN OFFSHORE WIND ENERGY AND WAITS FOR INVESTORS IN WIND INDUSTRY
Hosting 20% of Türkiye’s installed onshore wind energy, the country’s western province of İzmir offers substantial offshore wind energy opportunities for investors, according to İzmir Development Agency’s (İZKA) latest report on offshore wind energy.
The Wind Energy Sector and İzmir Offshore Wind Energy Roadmap report is the first for Türkiye’s offshore wind energy sector on a regional scale, promoting the province as a pioneer in this sector.
Türkiye has followed the trend worldwide that saw huge investments in offshore wind energy in the last 20 years in parallel with rapidly growing technology in this sector. The report revealed that 35 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind capacity had been installed globally, along with 707 GW of onshore wind installments.
With projections of 70 GW of offshore potential for Türkiye, the report advocated for the enduring potential in offshore wind in the region that has already been crowned ‘the wind capital of Türkiye’ and a ‘production hub’ for Türkiye’s onshore wind energy equipment.
The wind sector in İzmir employs more than 7,500, exports to 30 countries and generates revenue close to $500 million, the report said.
The report has determined the projects and activities to develop by raising awareness among regional and national institutions and by forming a common vision for regional ownership.
The roadmap includes the main steps that need to be taken on a regional scale to realize Türkiye’s potential in the sector, including the appraisal of the sector’s potential and the determination of investment locations, market analysis, assessment of sectoral needs and demands, coordination between regional and national policies and assessment of financial resources.
– ‘Market will witness considerable expansion’
İZKA’s Secretary-General Mehmet Yavuz told Anadolu Agency in an exclusive interview of the contribution that the wind energy sector has made not only to Türkiye’s electricity production but also for its industrial development.
He said that with an investment cost of $1.4 million per megawatt, the wind energy sector contributes much to the economy not only through the manufacture of wind turbine components but also through services like engineering, installment, maintenance, repowering and recycling.
‘We see that offshore installments are gradually growing and the market will witness a considerable expansion in the coming period, driven by technological developments and global trends,’ he said.
He stressed the importance of adapting Türkiye’s industrial and logistical infrastructure to this sectoral transition. ‘The existence of a mature and clustered wind industry in and around İzmir could make it possible to avail of new opportunities created by the sector.’
To start this transition, İZKA has already initiated activities specified by the roadmap. These include conducting offshore wind assessment, preparing pilot investment feasibility reports, determining port infrastructure needs, assessing current equipment production capabilities, establishing specialized industry zones, and aligning the Candarli Port, the port which was developed to support İzmir port and to handle some of its traffic, with the requirements of the sector.
The Wind Energy Sector and İzmir Offshore Wind Energy Roadmap report can be read from here.(https://investinizmir.com/wp-content/uploads/pdf/library-ruzgar-enerjisi-sektoru-izmir-denizustu-ruzgar-enerjisi-yol-haritasi.pdf)