In the West Anatolian Free Zone, which will be made ready for investments in 2022 in Bergama (Turkey), it has been stated that renewable energy will come at the top of the sectors to be preferred.
According to the statement made by Aegean Free Zone Founder and Operator AŞ (ESBAŞ), in cooperation with Batı Anadolu Free Zone Founder and Operator AŞ (BASBAŞ), Energy Industrialists and Businessmen Association (ENSİA) and İzmir Development Agency (İZKA), “Renewable Energy A New Investment Area for the Stars of the Industry in the Focus of the Sector: Western Anatolia Free Zone” meeting was held.
Chairman of the Executive Board of ESBAŞ and Western Anatolia Free Zone Founder and Operator AŞ (BASBAŞ), whose views are included in the statement. Faruk Güler noted that the region with an area of approximately 2.4 million square meters will provide direct employment to 20 thousand people when it reaches full capacity, with an annual trade volume of over 4 billion dollars and exports of over 2 billion dollars.
Saying that BASBAŞ will try to attract companies that create economic value and have high employment capacity by making value-added production with medium and high technology, renewable energy, Güler said, Renewable energy sector is one of the sectors that we will prefer in line with this target. If Turkey makes the best use of its renewable energy potential, it will both strengthen economically and support environmental development by creating green job opportunities. BASBAŞ will enable it to play an important role in the green development of the country and will especially encourage the clustering of renewable energy investments in the region.said.
ENSİA Chairman of the Board Alper Kalaycı said that they aim to turn İzmir and its region into a clean energy cluster with the vision of transforming Turkey into an international center producing equipment, technology and projects in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Mehmet Yavuz, Secretary General of İZKA, stated that İzmir, which meets 20 percent of the electricity produced from wind energy in Turkey and provides an annual export of 500 million dollars by employing 7 thousand 500 people in the sector, has now started to plan one step further and said, Western Anatolia Free Zone, further strengthen İzmir’s position in the sector by offering significant advantages to companies producing equipment and services for wind energy, solar energy, geothermal energy, biomass energy and green hydrogen.