Top Turkish, Nigerian energy officials meet in Ankara

Yildiz said Turkish private energy investors might consider that as an opportunity to do business in Nigeria.

Top Turkish, Nigerian energy officials meet in Ankara

Turkey's and Nigeria's top energy officials met Wednesday in Turkey on the sidelines of Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan's visit to the Turkish capital.

Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz received his Nigerian counterpart Arc. Nuhu Somo Way and the country's Oil Minister Diezani Allison Madueke in a meeting at his office in Ankara.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Yildiz said Nigeria faced a shortage in generating electricity, adding Turkish private energy investors might consider that as an opportunity to do business in Nigeria.

"As the current figures show, Nigeria aims at attaining a boost in power generation level that equals the country's economic growth every year. That, I believe, would draw the interest of our private sector," Yildiz told reporters.

Nigerian Energy Minister Way said his country had a capacity of only 4,000 megawatts a year in power generation against a backdrop of a population of 150 million.

"Obviously we are not living in the dark and we do try to generate our own power but at huge costs. We will welcome foreign companies that would come and generate electricity in Nigeria. Nigerian government will not miss that opportunity," Way said.

Nigerian Oil Minister Madueke, on her part, said Turkey and her country had a lot to discuss in energy issues, including oil and liquid natural gas, adding that Nigeria had natural gas reserves of as much as 186 trillion cubic meters.

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