Turkey Energy Articles & Analysis

Chapter | Energy from The Report: Turkey 2015

Given its reliance on energy imports and the economy’s recent slowdown, Turkey has benefitted from the sharp decline in oil prices in late 2014 and early 2015. The country has boosted energy supplies to support future economic growth, while seeking to reduce its energy dependence. In addition, a long-running dream to become an energy hub is starting to become a reality. Significant investment...

Despite some recent turbulence, Turkey has strong fundamentals that underscore its potential for long-term economic growth. With a young population of 77.7m, a strategic location within four hours’ flying time of 1.5bn consumers and a diversified economy, the country has much to offer investors. 

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Ground is set to be broken in late summer on a $10bn pipeline that will carry Azeri natural gas to Turkey and on to Europe, as energy security remains a key issue in the region. 

 

How can Turkey work towards decreasing its dependence on costly energy imports?

In an effort to join the club of nuclear nations, Turkey has announced plans to build 12 nuclear reactors by 2030, with the intention that 20% of power generation capacity will be provided from this source. However, while eight projects have been approved, delays have already befallen the initial build-own-operate (BOO) project, Akkuyu 1, pushing the commencement of its...

While Turkey may be at the crossroads of civilisations, it is in a hydrocarbons cul-de-sac. The country is surrounded on all sides by significant oil and gas deposits that all stop short of Turkish frontiers. The bountiful Zagros fold and thrust belt, which extends from the Arabian Peninsula up through Mesopotamia, ends at the Turkish-Iraqi border. A few hundred miles away is...

The country’s demand for energy is rising and new supply sources for natural gas are needed to generate electricity, heat homes and cook. Due to scarce domestic supplies and a lack of sufficient liquefied natural gas infrastructure, those supplies will mostly come via pipeline. Turkey has trained its eyes on tapping the planned link from the Shah Deniz II gas development in...

Turkey wants to raise the private sector’s share in the electricity market to 75% to raise government revenue, boost investment to keep up with demand and reduce the role of the state in the economy. Under legislation that existed until the start of 2013, this would have been difficult. However, the Electricity Market Law 6446, enacted in March 2013, sought to open up the...