158 new power plants worth $5 billion put into service in Turkey’s various regions


158 power plants with a $5-billion investment value opened Monday with a ceremony held in Ankara. According to Energy and Natural Resources Ministry data, a total of 158 new electricity production facilities were put into service in seven different regions of Turkey this year. The plants have an installed capacity of 5,620 megawatts and have an investment value of $5 billion.

The largest capacity belonged to natural gas cycle power plants. A total of 23 natural gas cycle plants with a total capacity of 1,716 megawatts started producing electricity. Natural gas was followed by one coal power plant with a capacity of 1,400 megawatts. Meanwhile, a total of 64 wind plants with a capacity of producing 1,046 megawatts of electricity were put into service. It was followed by 33 new hydroelectric power plants, 11 geothermal plants and two new lignite plants with a capacity of producing 320.9, 151.2 and 280 megawatts of electricity.

Moreover, seven biomass plants, two waste heat plants, one natural gas/fuel oil cycle plant and 10 new landfill gas plants were launched with a production capacity of 56.7, 39.6, 35 and 27.3 megawatts of electricity, respectively. Additionally, two new solar plants, one import coal plant and one animal waste facility were introduced with a production capacity of 12.9, 9.7 and 1.2 megawatts.

Meanwhile, a 523-megawatt capacity was put into use in unlicensed electricity production. In sum, the installed capacity of electricity production facilities amounted to 5,620 megawatts this year. The installed capacity in electricity, which stood at 73,146 megawatts at the end of last year, exceeded 78,000 megawatts at the end of September.

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