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Turkey's energy import costs $239 billion in past 5 yrs

Turkey paid $239 billion for energy in the past five years, while $37 billion was spent in first 8 months of 2014, according to Turkish Statistical Institute

02.10.2014
Turkey's energy import costs $239 billion in past 5 yrs

ANKARA 

Turkey's total cost of energy imports totalled $239 billion between 2009 and 2013, while $37 billion was spent in the first eight months of 2014, according to the Turkish Statistical Institute. 

Turkey's foreign energy imports constitute around 70 percent of its total energy consumption. The country imports coal, oil, natural gas, and electricity every year to secure its energy demand since it cannot meet its energy needs with domestic resources.

In 2009, Turkey made $30 billion worth of imports to close its energy deficit, while this rose to $39 billion in 2010, $54 billion in 2011, $60 billion in 2012, and $56 billion in 2013, according to TurkStat data.

Energy imports, one of the most significant current account deficits for Turkey, is dependent on fluctuations in exchange rates. 

Machinery and transportation top Turkey's import list and is followed by energy imports. 

While Turkey's low amount of energy resources may not be economically viable to produce, its role as an energy transit hub is becoming increasingly more significant. 

Turkey has a pivotal role for the transport of energy supplies due to its geopolitical advantage of being at the crossroads of Russia, Europe, the Middle East and the Caspian region. 

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