Turkish Minister of Energy & Natural Resources Taner Yildiz said on Monday that he did not think that there would be any delay in energy production privatizations.
Responding to a question on electricity production privatizations, Yildiz said, "they are carried out within the scope of a strategy document that was determined beforehand. Production privatizations will start with Hamitabat power plant."
When asked about the decision of Competition Authority on electricity distribution privatizations, Yildiz said they could not remain indifferent to the decisions of Competition Authority. He said the decision would be assessed together with Privatization Administration and Finance Ministry and necessary decision would be made.
Asked about his talks in Venezuela, Yildiz said he would pay a 3-day visit to this country, "if we manage to form a new production model with the studies that will be carried out with Turkey's petroleum company, TPAO, we want to have an oil field there."
According to the Turkish Ministry of Energy, Minister Yildiz will meet with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro and Minister of Energy and Petroleum Rafael Ramirez.
Yildiz will participate in a meeting of the "Energy Working Group" that was jointly established by Turkey and Venezuela.
Minister Yildiz and his delegation will return back to Turkey on Friday.