World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkey’s lignite reserves have grown by 82 percent in the past eight years, said Energy Minister Taner Yildiz on Sunday.
Yildiz also said that by utilising the domestic lignite resources Turkey would be able to avoid $12 billion of natural gas imports.
Turkey currently relies on foreign energy resources, including natural gas and oil, to drive almost half of all domestic electricity production, costing it up to $60 billion a year and efficient use of energy and use of domestic resources are preferred government policies.
According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), energy use in Turkey is expected to double over the next decade, with electricity demand expected to increase at an even faster pace. By 2023 coal is planned to supply a third of electricity production in Turkey.
The Directorate General of Mineral Research and Exploration (MTA) is responsible for drilling and explorations and have found 11 new coal pits, with 6.8 billion tons of coal, in the past eight years. Between 2005 and 2012 lignite reserves increased from 8.3 billion tons to 13.9 billion tons. Currently, approximately 1.3 billion tons of pit coal and 13.9 billion tons lignite reserves exists in Turkey.Last Mod: 03 Mart 2014, 13:34