New OIZ in Kahramanmaraş
to create 20,000 new jobs
Dunya - At least 20,000 new jobs will be created
with the establishment of a new organized industrial zone (OIZ) in Kahramanmaras,
a province located in southeastern Turkey. The city’s industrialization level has
significantly increased as a result of investments made in the last five years.
Amounting to a total of USD 1.5 billion, the investments in the textiles, kitchen
appliances and food industries have turned Kahramanmaras into an industrial center
in the region. The new OIZ, to be established in Turkoglu, will employ at least
20,000 people, further boosting the local economy.
Sabancı invests $1 bln in
Enerjisa, the energy-focused
group of Sabancı Holding, has announced the opening of its Hacınınoğlu hydropower
plant in the southeastern province of Kahramanmaraş.
With the plant, operated
in partnership with Verbund, the company has reached 1,557 megawatts established
On average, 1 MW of power
can supply electricity to as many as 300 households per year.
According to a press release
from the company, EnerjiSa’s Kahramanmaraş investment totaled 120 million euros.
The hydropower plant will generate 379 GWH electricity annually, the press release
Speaking at the opening ceremony
of the plant, Sabancı Holding Chairman Güler Sabancı said Enerjisa’s investments
in the last half-year were a sign of the group’s determination to become the leading
actor in Turkey’s energy sector, adding the company also contributed to energy diversity
by generating power out of a diverse set of resources like water, wind and natural
She also said 2011 was a
green energy year for Enerjisa and the company would start activating its renewable
energy projects one after another.
“After this hydropower plant,
we will activate the Menge Dam and Hydropower plant by the end of 2011, which is
85 megawatts of established power. And also in 2012, we are also planning to activate
the Dağpazarı Wind Power Plant, with 39 megawatts of established power.”
Also speaking at the opening,
Verbund board member Ulrike Baumgartner-Gabitzer said that the Verbund-Sabancı partnership
planned to invest more than 5.5 billion euros in solely electricity generation by
the end of 2025, recalling that the partnership is the first international collaboration
in the Turkish electricity sector of this big of a business capacity.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan attended
the opening and commenting on recent criticisms of nuclear energy. He asked whether
those who critique the nuclear push decline to use personal computers or abstain
from watching TV just because these devices radiate radioactive rays. He also underlined
that due to Turkey’s ever-increasing energy needs, nuclear plants were indispensable,
daily Hürriyet reported.