Turkish Electricity Transmission Company (TEİAŞ) stated that Turkey's installed capacity in electricity increased by 7.3 percent to 78,497 megawatts in 2016 compared to the previous year.
The company's data showed that the country's installed capacity was 73,146 megawatt in 2015. In 2016, installed capacity increased to 78,497 megawatts. During his speech in November 2016, Berat Albayrak, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, underlined the importance of domestic sources in Turkey's energy mix and confirmed that the country would focus on exploration in the upcoming period.
New projects are on board
Turkey's second LNG Terminal Aliaga's daily output was enhanced from 16 million cubic meters (mcm) to 24 mcm in December 2016. In the same period, the country's first ever floating storage re-gasification unit (FSRU), which is expected to contribute to Turkey's output by producing 14 million cubic meters daily, more than 2.5 billion cubic meters of natural gas annually, became operational towards the end of 2016.
At the end of 2017, FSRU’s daily supply capacity is expected to be increased from 14 million cubic meters to 20 million cubic meters. Along with new facilities being put into operation, it is expected that the daily natural gas provided from storage, LNG and the FSRU could reach to total 174 million cubic meters by 2019.
When this daily amount is used with full capacity, it corresponds to an annual capacity of approximately 38 billion cubic meters, which equals to almost 80 percent of Turkey's total consumption today. It would not be wrong to say that these new investments are significant for the energy supply security of Turkey.
Boost in renewable energy capacity
Renewable capacity increased too; by 9 percent to 34,085 megawatts in the share of Turkey's electricity system in 2016. In order to boost renewable energy, under Turkey's Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources investment plan, funding of 5.7 million Turkish liras in 2016 was allocated for research and development in renewable energy projects
To give more detail; in 2016, wind power capacity increased by 1,248 megawatts, hydropower by 813 megawatts, solar power by 583,7 megawatts and geothermal by 197 megawatts. Turkey's installed capacity consisted of hydropower plants with 34 percent, natural gas with 28.2 percent and coal with 22 percent.
Source: AA / TEİAŞ / TENVA