Energy minister: Turkey should grow by 3,500-4,000 MW every year

The Turkish energy minister said that Turkey should add 3,500-4,000 MW to its existing energy capacity every year.

Energy minister: Turkey should grow by 3,500-4,000 MW every year

The Turkish energy minister said on Thursday that Turkey should add 3,500-4,000 MW to its existing energy capacity every year and such growth necessitated a 7-8 billion TL investment in production only.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of Swedish Alstom Grid's new power transformer repair facility in Gebze town of northwestern province of Kocaeli, Turkish Energy & Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz said Turkey's transmission line network, including low, medium and high voltage lines, equalled to nearly 1 million km.

Describing Alstom's latest investment in Gebze as a right decision, Yildiz said, "Turkey should grow by 3,500-4,000 MW every year. Our energy sector will meet this need. This necessitates a 7-8 billion TL investment in production only".

Yildiz noted that Turkey was a reliable and suitable country for the international capital thanks to its infrastructure, bureaucracy and laws.

Delivering a speech at the ceremony, Alstom's Chairman & CEO Patrick Kron said that his company, with its 95,000 employees in 70 countries, was one of the world's top 3 firms in power transmission.

Commenting on Alstom's production facility in Gebze, Kron said the factory was one of the most modern high-voltage power transformer facilities in the world.

Kron noted that Alstom Turkey had achieved a remarkable success and made a significant contribution to Turkish economy in the last 50 years.

Kron also said today's opening showed his company's willingness to contribute to Turkey's social and economic development more.

Alstom Grid, the global expert in electrical grid performance, has been operating in Turkey since 1966.

The new service facility expands the capabilities of Alstom Grid's existing site at Gebze, the location of a 50,000 sqm power transformer factory that has been a leading manufacturer in Turkey for over four decades.

The facility spans an area of 4,500 sqm and is capable of providing repair, maintenance, refurbishment and redesign for all types of power transformers up to 400MVA, 400kV.

The facility represents an investment of approximately 10 million euros and is expected to employ around 100 direct staff and foster the creation of several more local indirect jobs via its supply chain.


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