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Turkey described as the hottest geothermal market at the moment

Opening of EBRD Geothermal Forum & IGC Turkey Congress 2016 in Izmir, Turkey (source: ThinkGeoEnergy)
Alexander Richter 9 Jun 2016

At the recent IGC Turkey Congress and EBRD Geothermal Forum in Turkey, the geothermal market in the country was described as the hottest and currently fastest growing.

At the International Geothermal Congress IGC Turkey and the EBRD geothermal forum, Turkey was described as the “hottest geothermal market in the world” by Natalia Khanjenkova, MD for Turkey and Central Asia of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

She credited private sector investment in the geothermal sector, with solid support from the government, ad the main reasons for the growth of the Turkish geothermal market.

The EBRD Geothermal Forum was held in conjunction with IGC Turkey, June 6ö8, 2016 in Izmir, Turkey. Geothermal experts from Turkey and abroad were exchanging their experience in developing and operating geothermal plants, while banks such as EBRD provided their view on the sector.

The event was sponsored by several companies of the sector, including Ormat, Bordrill, EGESIM, Turboden, EXERGY, ARAR Petroleum and held in cooperation with EBRD and JESDER. Turkish press agency Anadolu Agency, was the global communication partner for the event.

“Turkey right now is a country we would say is the hottest geothermal market in the world. Perhaps it is not due to the temperature of the geothermal resources but it is reattributed to the vibrancy of the private sector that we see in Turkey. This is combined with very strong regulatory support that has been put in place by the government,” so Khanjenkova.

According to Khanjenkova, the government has done an outstanding job in catalyzing private sector investment to accelerate investments in geothermal energy.

“To a great degree, this was achieved by a combination of amendments to renewable energy in 2010, the adoption of geothermal law in 2007 and more recently the new electricity market law,” she explained.

Khanjenkova also underlined the role of low drilling costs in Turkey, which are the world’s lowest. She said that these are attributable to the high competition between service providers in the Turkish market which currently is priced below a million dollars per kilometer.

“This is extremely impressive in the industry,” she explained, adding “thanks to this, the installed capacity has increased more than six fold only in the last five years. So it has grown from 95 megawatts (MW) at the beginning of 2011 to 648 mw as of today. We, as EBRD, are extremely proud to contribute to this increasing capacity because, through our financing, we contributed 280 MW of this capacity, nearly 40 percent.”

The EBRD is a leading investor in Turkey to date. It has invested over EUR7 billion ($7.89 billion) in the country through 180 projects in infrastructure, energy, agribusiness, industry and finance.

“Indeed, we expect that looking at the pace of geothermal development in the country, that Turkey will reach the target of 1 thousand megawatts by 2018, so five years ahead of the objective of the national renewable action plan” she said.

Turkey’s geothermal sector has experienced an incredible rise in recent years with a growth in power generation capacity from 30 MW in 2008 to the current 648 MW. For this reason, Turkey is attracting a lot of interest from the global geothermal energy community both as a market for products and services and as an example on how to stimulate geothermal project development.

Source: Anadolu Agency