Haluk Direskeneli

Haluk Direskeneli


1 Haziran 2010
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Iskenderun becomes high risk zone


We are facing the most unpleasant military offensive in our history of the Republic. All our base defense assumptions, all our alliances, partnerships, all our defense strategies are completely changed. In our geography, we have to survive depending on our own strength as realized always in the past. There is no alliance, no partnership, and the bare reality is that we are all alone.

It is not the time to respond, nor strike back over night, no rush for any counteroffensive, but we should strengthen our borders, defend our strategic points, and wait for appropriate timing for any response if necessary.

This is an humiliation by a rogue state. Hostility can not stay unanswered. Reciprocity is the rule of the international relations. One should stay cool to wait until an appropriate time appears for proper response.

There is one nasty another development on our imported coal firing new thermal power plants on the Iskenderun Bay sea coast.

This region was ideal location for imported coal firing thermal power plant investments with no forest no agricultural land, all remote almost uninhabited but close to imported coal transportation and exposed to relatively low environmental reaction.

There are following ongoing new energy investment projects in the Iskenderun Bay region,

SuGözü isken Evonik Germany with local partner Oyak for new additional third unit of 600 MWe imported coal firing thermal power plant,

Suez new imported coal firing thermal power plant to generate 1200 MWe in Yumurtalik, EIA is recently received

Diler Electric 600 MWe imported coal firing thermal power plant next to their iron and steel mills in Iskenderun bay

Sarp Electric of Bilgin Energy group 1215 MWe imported coal firing thermal power plant in Yumurtalik county of Iskenderun Bay

Akfen Energy group 450 MWe thermal power plant in Yumurtalik county, in feasibility stage,

CEZ Czech with local Aken in Erzin county of ıskenderun bay for 900 MWe naturalgas firing new combined cycle power plant, with EIA certification

However now it appears that Iskenderun is a high risk zone for new investments on our region with relatively higher risk insurance premium. That is the cost of the latest developments that investors are to pay, so are the consumers.

Last but not least, Akkuyu Nuclear power plant site is some hundred km west of Iskenderun bay, and within reach of the same risk exposure. Therefore Nuclear power plant construction site selection is to be reconsidered under the light of new developments in the area.















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  • ANKARA, TURKEY / 6 Haziran 2010 09:21

    Scared??

    We engineers do not ride on trains if we were scared of the iron, we do not go to mines if we were scared to get dirty, we do not work on off-shore platforms if we were scared from water. (a local saying created in recent years)




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