Turkey Backs Gas, Renewables; May Take Nuclear ‘In-House’

Turkey is backing gas-fired and renewables power projects to satisfy near-term demand growth, but has ambitious nuclear and coal plans for the longer run.

Turkish power generating capacity amounts to 67.6GW, with projects either under development or planned due to raise this to 72.3GW by the end of 2017. Turkey’s total projects pipeline amounts to 22.3GW, including 9.2GW of nuclear and 8.8GW of additional coal-fired capacity from 2020 onwards.

GAS, WIND AND GEO

The latest project to reach the construction stage is a 950MW combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) plant at Kirikkale near Ankara, being developed by Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power. ACWA has awarded Korea’s Samsung C&T a KRW630bn ($580mn) engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the plant, which is scheduled for completion in May 2017. (CONTINUED - 713 WORDS)