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Turkey To Double Coal Power

May 26, 2015

By Paul Homewood 




From PEI:


The Turkish government is planning to double its coal power capacity over the next four years, making it the country with the world’s third largest investment in the fossil fuel.
Targets for electricity generation from domestic coal (lignite + hard coal) are set for 60,000 MW until the end of 2019.

For 2014, electricity produced from domestic coal/lignite is 34,051 MW. This is expected to increase to 60,000 MW by 2019, almost double the generation in four years. Plans for 80 new plants will more than quadruple the number of coal-fired power plants from the 19 in 2012.

Environmental bodies are lobbying the EU to leverage influence to get Ankara to promote more sustainable development and limit the country’s emissions.


The figures seem to be a bit muddled, and seem to duplicate reports in EurActiv, the official website, which quotes 34 billion KWh for 2014, which would be 34,000 GWh, not MW.

To further confuse matters, the EIA give electricity generation numbers for 2012 as 228 TWh in total, of which 163 TWh is fossil fuel. (Most of the remainder, 57 TWh is hydro).

According to Eurocoal, again for 2012, coal and gas supplied 29% and 44% of generation respectively, which would suggest 66 TWh for coal.


Perhaps most meaningful is the EurActiv comment that

Capacity will also be quadrupled, from the 22 coal plants that are currently in operation in the country, with a total installed capacity of 15.4 GW (15.367 MW), adding 65.4 GW, to reach 80.8 GW



Whatever the exact numbers, there is clearly going to be a huge increase in Turkey’s use of coal power in coming years. And it is also clear that, once built, these new power stations are not going to be shut down just to appease a few greenies.

  1. johnmarshall permalink
    May 26, 2015 10:34 am

    Well some sense in Turkey at least. Well done.

  2. AndyG55 permalink
    May 26, 2015 11:11 am

    Darn it, I thought the next one was going to be one of the African countries.

    Well Done to Turkey !! 🙂

    • AndyG55 permalink
      May 26, 2015 11:12 am

      Prosperity does matter, doesn’t it. 🙂

  3. Tom Collins permalink
    May 26, 2015 11:37 am

    There goes Turkey’s chance of joining the EU !

    • AndyG55 permalink
      May 26, 2015 11:38 am

      Aren’t they lucky !!

      No sane country would be joining the EU at this point in time. !

  4. May 26, 2015 12:33 pm

    Doubling of coal-fired electricity generation by 2020?

    That will never happen. Don’t they know that we will be “self genocided” and “self extincted well within 2020” if we don’t implement The Climate Plan?

    • RockySpears permalink
      May 26, 2015 2:11 pm

      I followed these links.

      I am gobsmacked that people think these things, absolutely at a loss.

    • AndyG55 permalink
      May 26, 2015 9:33 pm

      GISP2 shows that Arctic has been warmer by at least a degree C, maybe 2, for most of the past 10,000 years.

      Heck it was probably SEA ICE FREE from some period of most summers.

      Yet the world is still here. !!

      An ice free Arctic would be a blessing, not a problem.

  5. RockySpears permalink
    May 26, 2015 1:54 pm

    Maybe, just maybe, a few recent announcements on coal power, will mark the beginning of the end. The public may be sheep, but not stupid ones. There may come a realisation that something does not check out between what they are told to do and what Governments all over are starting to do.

    Hope springs eternal ……

  6. J Greenwood permalink
    May 26, 2015 11:46 pm

    There is a lot of unused power generating equipment in Western Europe that Turkey could pick up for a song.

  7. Kartoffel permalink
    May 27, 2015 10:01 am

    Amazing no one talks about poverty in India a country that will double domestic coal extraction in 5 years, any suggestions …

  8. Kartoffel permalink
    May 27, 2015 10:05 am

    Tell me why never heard anyone mentioning Milankovitch Cycles and Glaciation

  9. sarastro92 permalink
    May 28, 2015 4:22 am

    There are only two options for generating modern base-load electric power systems: fossil fuels and nuclear. Coal is the dirties option as far as lung disease, smog, mining accidents and environmental degradation. So the Turkish decision is not especially good news, but may be the only option that is financially viable to drive economic growth which is of paramount priority. I would hope at least these plants have scrubbers.

    • AndyG55 permalink
      May 28, 2015 5:59 am

      Coal has the massive benefit of boosting the atmospheric CO2 level,…

      .. putting sequester carbon back into the shorter term carbon cycle, for all life to use.

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