The global crisis experienced around the world has turned into an opportunity especially for Turkey. Western countries, which have imposed heavy sanctions on the Moscow administration due to the Ukraine war, are experiencing great anxiety in the face of energy rest. While Europe, which wants to survive the winter with the least damage, took measures one after the other and called on the citizens to save, the number of businesses whose doors were locked increased day by day. One of these enterprises is iron and steel.
GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR TURKEY
President Erdoğan gave instructions to eliminate the deficiencies in all production facilities, especially in İskenderun and Ereğli. The production capacity, which is at the level of 60 percent, is calculated to increase to 100 percent after the deficiencies to be eliminated. Turkey has made a series of new initiatives in the supply of scrap, especially in countries such as Syria and Iraq, with its 20 billion tons of coal reserves. While many countries, including China, Brazil, Russia, Japan, Taiwan, and India, were seriously affected by the crisis, Turkey is the most attractive alternative in this field due to its natural opportunities and geographical location.
EUROPE LOSE ALL PRODUCTION DYNAMICS
Turkish Iron and Steel Producers Association Veysel Yayan, in his evaluation to the Turkish newspaper, said, “Worldwide developments offer historical opportunities to Turkey. The World Trade Center has issued a warning text regarding the troubles that the crisis will cause. At this point, Europe will give a very important test of sincerity. Because until now, there were quotas applied against Turkey within the scope of protection measures related to iron and steel exports and scrap supply. They have now lost all their production dynamics. In the coming period, we will see how they will overcome their current foreign dependency. Of course, Turkey is the strongest alternative due to both the exchange rate difference and distance-transport advantages. At this point, a great deal of work falls on official institutions, especially on energy costs.
NO ENERGY STRESS
Former MTA project manager İlker Şengül emphasized that the global balances forced the US and EU sides to take new positions and made the following assessment: At this point, quota regimes will necessarily change. Especially since Europe was struggling with a severe energy crisis, it stopped all production. The giant brand of the sector, Arcelor Mittal, closed its factories in countries such as Spain, Germany, France and Italy. In addition, facilities producing in countries such as Poland, Czechoslovakia, Slovakia, Serbia, England, Austria and Belgium stopped their operations. On the other hand, Turkey does not experience any fuel-energy problems in either Iskenderun or Ereğli. Our country has 20 billion tons of coal reserves. This is a great advantage in terms of iron and steel production. We are also a problem-free country in the use of fluidized beds and supercritical systems.