Turkey Sees Power Demand Doubling By 2023, Backs Nuclear And Coal

Turkish power consumption will nearly double over the next 10 years, according to Turkey’s Energy Minister Taner Yildiz. He says consumption rose by 78% over 10 years to the end of 2013, due to “the improvement in welfare in the country.” Now he says Turkey needs nuclear power, more coal-fired capacity – coal currently provides around 25% of Turkey’s electricity – as well as further renewable energy investment to meet anticipated demand growth.

State transmission firm TEIAS says Turkish consumption will rise to 450 TWh in 2023 from 235 TWh in 2013, having already risen sharply from 132 TWh in 2003. The company expects consumption to reach 256 TWh in 2014.

The ministry is working to reduce Turkey’s dependence on imported gas for power generation, through the diversification of primary energy sources. Power generation accounts for more than 55% of Turkey’s total gas consumption – around 25.5 bcm in 2012. (CONTINUED - 600 WORDS)

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