Posted on 22 July 2011
22 July 2011 – Launching the Kavaklidere Ornekkoy geothermal field north west of Izmir in Western Turkey, Mr Taner Yildiz, the new Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, said “Turkey’s energy production from geothermal resources currently stands at 95 MW”, “There are ongoing investments in 11 fields for electricity production, by 2023 Turkey intends to have an installed capacity of 600 MW generated from geothermal resources”.
According to Turkey’s General Directorate of Mineral Research and Exploration, Kavaklidere Ornekkoy geothermal field is the 4th hottest geothermal field in the world with temperature reaching nearly 280º C. It is capable of generating 100 Million kWh of energy per annum, enough energy to power 7,000 homes and reduce Turkey’s import bill by about 40 Million USD. The geothermal fields also have further advantages by attracting many leisure and treatment tourists, Yidiz said, “Turkey benefits from its geothermal resources in tourism, as well as in power generation” adding “The latest investments in geothermal fields have attracted three million visitors to thermal facilities. We expect the trend to continuously increase in the future”. Source: Invest in Turkey.