Turkey plans to spend a total of $9.3 billion on electricity distribution during the upcoming five-year period, the country’s energy and natural resources minister said on Wednesday.
Speaking at the 13th Electricity Distribution Companies Sector Assessment meeting, Fatih Donmez said the planned investment includes $1.5 billion in expenditure for scheduled maintenance between 2021 and 2025.
Turkey has allocated more than $139 million for R&D activities over the next five years and plans to spend $25.8 million this year, Donmez said.
The country doubled its investments in the electricity distribution sector in the last five years to $5.6 billion, Donmez said. And thanks to its modernized power grid infrastructure, he said Turkey was able to provide uninterrupted energy even during difficult winter conditions.
Serving approximately 46 million subscribers, Turkey also increased the length of its power distribution lines by nearly 18,270 kilometers to a total of 1.2 million kilometers.
By Sibel Morrow