Investing in energy
German utility subsidiary EWE Turkey Holding to invest in renewables.
Germany’s fifth-largest utility, EWE AG entered the Turkish market in 2007 with its wholly owned subsidiary, EWE Turkey Holding. As it transfers smart technologies from EWE AG to contribute in the improvement of the industry, the holding remains an exemplary company in Turkey. It operates Bursagaz, Turkey’s third-biggest gas distributor, and Kayserigaz, the sole gas distributor in Kayseri province. It also owns EWE Enerji, a gas wholesaler, which sells electricity and offers energy consultancy, and Enervis, a technical energy service provider. The Oldenburg, Germany-based company acquired Millenicom, an internet service provider, in 2016, making EWE Turkey the first firm to operate in both the energy and telecommunications sectors in Turkey. With the desire to introduce the high customer satisfaction and quality standards achieved in Turkey into German telecommunication mar- ket the company will develop innovations for convergence of energy and telecommunication markets in the long term. Maintainingn infrastructure projects in accordance with its plan to increase investments in gas grids, EWE AG plans to boost its production capacity in Turkey by investing in renewable energy generation, the director of the German utility’s Turkish unit told Dunya in an interview.
Helped industries save 33 million lira
“On the retail side, the focus remains on excellent processes and good IT support,” Qante said. “We set a very ambitious customer-portfolio target this year and aim to increase our customer base by folds?. We intend to gain new household and trading enterprise customers by expanding our channels.” Quante also said EWE Turkey is eyeing market conditions as it considers new energy-production investments and aims to turn its engineering, procurement and construction expertise into a service for other investors in the market. Enervis offers energy efficiency consultancy and turnkey solar plant setups for industrial enterprises and organized industrial zones in Turkey. Quante said Enervis conducted significant surveys for various industries in 2016 to help them find savings measures. “We created a (combined) savings of 33 million lira for companies in seven industries by equipping the enterprises with the latest technologies,” he said.
The turnkey setup of the Incesu solar plant was also contracted to Enervis. EWE Turkey’s first solar power generation plant near the town of Incesu in Kayseri province is near completeion and the compa- ny is now looking for new opportunities in the renewable sector, Qante said. The plant will generate around 5 million kilowatts of power per year, supplying clean energy to 2,300 homes. Started in August 2016, 3 million 600 thousand euros worth of investment involves 12.500 solar panels covering 52 thousand squaremetre land.
Nuclear and natural gas will lead the transition to renewable
EWE Turkey Holding wants to become one of the leaders in Turkey’s planned transition to an energy mix with more generation from solar, wind and other renewable resourc- es, just as its parent company is in Germany, director Frank Quante said. “It is very important to focus on renewable energy for the future of the industry but we know that other energy sources will be required during the transition period,” Qante said. “Nuclear and natural gas will have priority, as they offer cleaner energy generation opportunities than other, thermal-based methods. We will continue to see modern technological versions of coal, as well,” he said.
Quante also evaluated Turkey’s position in the global and regional energy equation. He professionally believes in the potential role of Tur-
key as a “trade hub” in the industry. “When a pipeline project focuses on transit alone, all kinds of commercial or political advantages associated with being a trade hub begin to benefit the countries to which natural gas is transported,” he said. “To avoid this, it is essential to adopt a completely free-market model, as well as a liquid market. Thus, Turkey can influence market prices in the region,” he said.
Global energy requirement will increase 40% in 2040
Speaking on the global energy balances, “Developing economies continue to have an overwhelming share in the growth in global energy consumption. Oil preserves its place as the foremost primary energy source in terms of consumption while the share of coal gradually decreases and that of natural gas and renewable energy continues to increase” said Quante.
Stating that Paris Convention will continue to promote the transformation in the industry, Quante said; “International Energy Agency anticipates that energy requirement will increase by about 40% in 2040. “BP Energy Outlook 2017 re- port points out that global demand will have risen by around 30 percent by 2035. Primary energy sources grew by only 1% in 2015 which marks a dramatic slowdown. Oil which accounts for 32.9% of glob- al energy consumption remains the number one global fuel and has increased its market share for the first time since 1999. Globally, natural gas consumption grew by 1.7%.”
EWE Turkey’s Frank Quante has lived in Istanbul for five years with his wife and two children. “My family and I fell in love with this culturally rich, vibrant city on the Bosphorus. I am very happy to experience working and living in Istanbul,” he said.