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Stakeholder Involvement and Community Relations around Samsun Powerplant in Turkey

OMV set the first steps towards the development of a community strategy by conducting a survey amongst over 500 local residents in the Kozluk, Terme and Ünye region. The subject of the study was to identify basic community needs as well as the general perceptions and expectations in the local communities regarding an energy project in the region.

Since 2009 dozens of social projects have been executed and many are ongoing. 

A selection of recent key projects in Samsun can be found here:


"OMV brings energy to Local Community" - Kozluk 

  • Start: since 2012 and ongoing
  • Country: Turkey
  • Partners: KoGeB - "Kozluk Community Resources Partnership", Kozluk Municipality, District  Education Directorate
  • OMV Focus Area: Community Relations and Development
  • Supported UN Sustainable Development Goals: 1 – No poverty, 4 – Quality education, 8 – Decent work and economic growth, 10 – Reduced inequalities, 17 – Partnerships for the goals

Objectives

  • Contribute to the education and personal development of children through cooperation of schools and families
  • Offer equal opportunities to every child coming to KoGeB
  • Help children socialize through group activities like games, reading and drawing sessions 

Description

OMV joined the “Kozluk Community Resources Partnership (KoGeB)” in order to cooperate with an existing organization to identify and meet community needs. The KoGeB is a community-based organization built around a partnership between the Kozluk community, local authorities, and local businesses. 

The organization is managed by a team of twelve people from OMV, local authorities and local businesses and gives the opportunity to any interested parties to support this initiative. 

Activities

The KoGeB community has established two centers in the region, to provide a shared space where the local community, children in particular, get together and have access to the internet, books, games and educational materials.


"OMV laid the foundation for science education in Kozluk"

  • Start: since 2012 and ongoing
  • Country: Turkey
  • Partners: Parent-Teacher Association, Directorate of National Education 
  • OMV Focus Area: Community Relations and Development
  • Supported UN Sustainable Development Goals: 4 – Quality Education; 8 – Decent work and economic growth 

Objective

  • Continue providing support to Kozluk OMV Science High School and give opportunities to the students to gain theoretical and practical knowledge in science

Description

OMV constructed the Kozluk OMV Science High School for 480 students at Kozluk and handed it over to the local education department for its furnishing and operations.  The school started to educate the students from 2015 and continues to accept new students every year. 

Since 2016, OMV Turkey has been supporting the school in the following areas: 

  • A scholarship for 25 students of the community
  • Regularly organized seminars on the topic of energy and social activities with OMV employees at Samsun.


"OMV is working for Ünye’s past and future" - ÇATOM  

  • Start: since 2011 and ongoing
  • Country: Turkey
  • Partners: National Education Directorate
  • OMV Focus Area: Community Relations and Development
  • Supported UN Sustainable Development Goals: 1 – No poverty, 10 – Reduced inequalities

Objectives

  • Reawake the interest in an ancient traditional art in the modern world 
  • Enable local women to increase their income and support the welfare of their families

Description

Women involved in Ünye ÇATOM, a multi-purpose Community Centre, regularly give training sessions for local women in the community of Ünye, to give them the expertise for creating the traditional “Ünye Hand Knotted Weaves”. OMV provided eight weaving looms and weaving threads and continues the financial support of this project to ensure the continuation of the traditional hand crafts.


Cooperation with Terme Hazelnut Producers Association to collect hazelnuts in the area of  Samsun powerplant 

Start: since 2014 and ongoing

Country: Turkey

Partners: Terme Organic Hazelnut Producers Association, Çatom

OMV Focus Area: Community Relations and Development

Supported UN Sustainable Development Goals: 15 – Life on land

Objectives

  • Training of young and jobless local women and men for the collection of Hazelnut in Samsun
  • Enhancement of local employment through teaching classes on gardening

Description

OMV Samsun Elektrik made a cooperation with Terme Hazelnut Producers Association to collect hazelnuts and do gardening activities with local youth to renovate the land (54 acre) at Samsun powerplant.

This project contributes to the development of the workforce around the area of Samsun and invests in supplier development.

A total of 500 Hazelnut packages, filled with 1.800 kg of hazelnuts, have been  weaved by local women under  "ÇATOM Ünye Weaving Project"  supported by OMV Samsun Elektrik.