An official signing ceremony for the Protocol on Cooperation between the Ukrainian Wind Energy Association (UWEA) and the Offshore Wind Energy Association of Turkey (TOWEA) was held in Ankara, Turkey on 17 September 2021. The signatories of the Protocol were Andriy Konechenkov, Chairman of the UWEA Board and Murat Durak, Chairman of the TOWEA.

In particular, the Protocol on Cooperation between the UWEA and the TOVEA provides for the following:

  • to cooperate fully between Associations and their national authorities to provide the offshore wind power development in Turkey and Ukraine and establish the framework for intensifying and expanding this cooperation;
  • to facilitate and support policies and initiatives aimed at overcoming the legislative and technical barriers to wide-scale development of offshore wind power industry in Turkey and Ukraine;
  • to promote the development of offshore wind manufacture in Turkey and Ukraine, etc.

Being conscious of the growing role and importance of regional initiatives in promoting offshore wind energy projects in the Black Sea Region, the UWEA and the TOWEA also signed the Protocol on Initiating Black Sea Offshore Wind Energy Federation (hereinafter referred to as “Federation”). The Federation will encourage and support the cooperation in the field of offshore wind power development among the offshore wind energy associations of the Black Sea Region. The Expected Founding Members of the Federation include offshore wind energy associations from Turkey, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania.

Andriy Konechenkov: “I am strongly convinced that these Protocols will become not only an efficient tool to strengthen Ukrainian-Turkish cooperation, but also an effective step towards the development of offshore wind power both in Ukraine and throughout the Black Sea region countries

Within the working trip to Ankara, the Chairman of the UWEA Board Andriy Konechenkov and Head of analytical department Kateryna Knysh had a number of meetings at the Ministry of Energy of Turkey. The UWEA representatives paid special attention to the meeting with Mustafa Serdar, the President of the Ataseven group of companies.

During the above mentioned meetings, the UWEA representatives presented the current status of RES development in Ukraine, the latest legislative initiatives and business deals, and provided a forecast for the deployment of wind power projects for the next 3 years, including measures on launching the offshore wind power market in Ukraine.

The Turkish side emphasized its interest in implementing wind energy projects in Ukraine and establishing new business ties with Ukrainian companies. At the same time, Turkish partners expect auctions, the possibility of concluding corporate PPA and the settlement of other inaccuracies in the industry legislation of Ukraine.