Published On: Sun, Apr 24th, 2016

Does Turkey need to use more coal, water resources to meet its energy demand?




COAL-FIELDDoes Turkey need to use more coal, water resources to meet its soaring energy demand? The answer to the question is “yes” according to Mr. Erdoğan .

It is no secret that Turkey is in need of huge energy sources and considering years to come in specific as it is a developing country which has to perform to the best of its ability. However, talking about the kind of energy it should work on could be another point of discussion.

Mr. Erdoğan (president) said in a speech that Turkey needed to use its coal and water resources more effectively as the country was unlikely to meet its rising energy demand through renewable resources, alone.



At the opening ceremony of a Coal-Fired Plant in the southern province of Adana on April 24t Erdoğan commented as follows: “It is not possible for Turkey to meet its soaring energy demand by just solar or wind power. We need to use our coal and water resources much more effectively. Anti-coal, anti-hydro power and anti-nuclear power protests from environmentalist groups should not mislead anyone. Do not listen to them. We need to do what is needed”.

He added that more than half of the $63 billion trade deficit was due to the country’s huge energy bill last year and went on to explain that among all OECD countries, Turkey had seen the highest rise in energy demand.

Erdoğan also said: “We will need to make around $110 billion in investments in energy in the next decade, according to estimates”.

Erdoğan also said he was against the use of imported coal reserves as such transactions negatively impacted Turkey’s current account gap and Turkey would need to make around $110 billion in investments in energy in the next decade, according to estimates.

He also mentioned that there were 444 active nuclear power plants in 135 countries around the world, with 62 more on the way. Currently, Turkey is building or plans to construct three nuclear plants.

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