Turkey has invested 60 million liras ($21 million) in its southern Antalya district to secure rising electricity demand in the region over the next five years, Turkey's acting Energy Minister Ali Riza Alaboyun told Anadolu Agency Wednesday.
"Through the investment, Antalya's electricity supply security has increased, especially ensuring demand during the tourism season when consumption is high," he said.
Known as a top tourist attraction on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, Antalya will also host the G20 summit between Nov. 13 and 16.
"Our investment, which was conducted through Turkish Electricity Transmission Company (TEIAS), will prevent any electricity shortages and enhance security of supply during the G20 summit. In addition, improvements to the infrastructure have been carried out, and all preparations have been completed before the summit meeting."
He added that the investment will also secure the rising electricity demand of Antalya for the next five years.
The G20 leaders’ summit will host heads of state from China, the U.S., Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, the U.K., leaders from EU, and the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Turkey hosted the G20 Energy Minister Meeting, which was held for the first time in Istanbul last October, and was chaired by Turkey's acting Energy Minister Alaboyun.
Reporting by Nuran Erkul
Writing by Ovunc Kutlu