German firms have invested nearly €25 billion in Turkey's energy sector, employing more than 15,000 people, Turkey's Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Donmez said Wednesday.
Speaking at the third Turkish German Energy Forum via video link, Donmez said that Germany, as Turkey's biggest trade partner, had a bilateral trade volume of $38 billion in 2020.
Germany ranks first in Turkey's exports at $16 billion and second in imports at nearly $22 billion, according to Donmez.
With investments of more than $13 billion in Turkey up to 2019 and with nearly 7,000 German firms active in Turkey, he said the numbers reflect the trust that German firms and investors have in the sector and the Turkish economy.
This extends to the renewable energy sector with considerable contributions from these companies reaching 51,000 megawatts (MW) up to April from 12,000 in 2002.
In particular, Donmez commended the consortium including Siemens who won Turkey's 1,000 MW capacity YEKA tender in 2017, and also German company Enercon and Turkey's Enerjisa, who partnered with Germany's E.ON to win tenders of 500 MW in capacity.
He welcomed further participation from German companies in the new solar YEKA tenders that will be opened this year.
He also called on German companies to participate more actively in Turkey's natural gas sector as well as renewables, which Turkey has been working on to ensure better market conditions for investors.
Donmez noted that thanks to five working groups formed under the Turkish German Energy Forum, an intensive working program is being conducted on areas of potential cooperation and projects between the public and private institutions in the energy sector of the two countries.
Germany's Economy and Energy Minister Peter Altmaier highlighted the great potential in enhancing bilateral cooperation in the energy sector, particularly renewable energy, in line with Germany’s energy transition and global climate goals under the EU's Green Deal.
Altmaier foresees this greater cooperation with Turkey in renewables, as Germany is heavily reliant on imports to meet the country's primary energy demand despite their efforts to expand renewable energy usage.
"It is not possible to produce all these energy resources in Germany, and therefore in the future we will need closer partnerships in renewable energy," he said.
Altmaier concluded that he is aware of Turkey's current efforts to develop a national hydrogen strategy for which he envisages concrete cooperation areas for Turkey and Germany.
By Ebru Sengul Cevrioglu