Turkey will announce mini renewable energy resources zone (YEKA) tenders later this month that will be held in the first quarter of 2020, Turkey’s Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Donmez said Wednesday.
Speaking at the 12th International Energy Congress and Expo (EIF 2019) in Ankara, Donmez relayed that Turkey is moving towards reaching new goals in almost all energy sectors including solar, wind, hydropower, geothermal and biomass.
Renewable energy resources combined saw a total share of 64% in electricity production in the January-October period of this year, he said.
"If we manage to close the year with those levels, we will save up to $1.5 billion,” he added.
He conveyed the success achieved over the last 17 years in the wind energy sector with a 400-fold increase in installed capacity, while geothermal capacity rose 78-fold, biomass saw a 38-fold increase and hydropower encountered a 2.5-fold boost.
"Having almost no installed capacity in solar energy until 2008, Turkey is now placed in 6th place in Europe and 12th worldwide with 5,600 megawatts of installed capacity," he stressed.
The country has also finalized preparations for winter and the country's natural gas storage facilities are already almost full, he said.
The YEKA tenders form part of Turkey's aim to supply 65% of its energy needs from domestic and renewable sources by 2023, which also includes the production of domestic coal, making the country's mining industry a large contributor to its local energy supply base.
- Compensations of Soma workers to be paid next year
Severance payment for miners, who had been sacked by the subcontracting company at Eynez Coal Mine, will be compensated in the first quarter of 2020, Donmez confirmed.
The Eynez Coal Mine is located in Soma district of Turkey’s Aegean city of Manisa, where 301 miners lost their lives in the country's deadliest mining disaster that occurred in May 2014
Last year, two mining company executives, Soma Holding CEO Can Gurkan and General Manager Ramazan Dogru, were convicted of murder in the disaster’s trial.
Donmez disclosed that workers are required to apply for compensation. He stressed that the government will also continue efforts through all legal means to pay severance to workers at the Isiklar and Atabacasi coal mines.
Production at Isiklar and Atabacasi coalmines, also located in Soma, was halted after the mining disaster. While production started in Isiklar in 2014, only production in part has resumed in Atabacasi.
The 12th EIF 2019 congress, in which Anadolu Agency is the global communication partner, is running from Nov. 6 to 8. It is hosting around 300 executives, experts and CEOs from more than 40 countries to discuss renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, geothermal, hydro and biomass, in addition to topics on the global energy market and investment opportunities in Turkey.
Reporting by Murat Temizer
Writing by Ebru Sengul