Turkey's Geothermal Potential Enough
to Meet 14 Pct of Energy Need
Jan 17, 2008 - Xinhua News Agency - CEIS
Turkey's geothermal potential can easily meet 14
percent of Turkey's heating and electricity need,
the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported on
Orhan Mertoglu, chairman of Turkish Geothermal Association,
wasquoted as saying that "geothermal resources which
can be used to generate electricity and for heating
purposes are cheap, clean andrenewable."
"Turkey ranks the seventh in the world in the aspect
of geothermal potential," said Mertoglu, adding that
"Turkey has a potential to heat 5 million dwellings
with its geothermal resources."
Mertoglu noted that Turkey could start using 20 percent
of its geothermal capacity in producing electricity
by establishing powerstations before the end of this
According to estimations of the State Planning Organization
(DPT), 30 percent of Turkey's geothermal potential
would be put into service before 2013.
Turkey would invest about 3 billion U.S. dollars
in geothermal energy and get in return an annual profit
of 16 billion dollars, it added.
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