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Minister Donmez: We have reached the target of 2023 in renewable energy

Fatih Donmez, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, said at the 11th Turkey Energy Summit, “We have reached the target of 2023 in renewable energy.” Minister Donmez stated that ‘Turkey’s new ship is coming in spring’, and that the calculations for the Black Sea gas were made according to 2023.

In his speech at the opening of the 11th Turkey Energy Summit, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Fatih Donmez said that there has been a great change in global energy markets, especially in terms of price.

“THE SUPPORT WE PROVIDE OUR CITIZEN WILL BE ₺3 BILLION”

Emphasizing that Turkey is one of the fastest-recovering countries in this process, Donmez said, “We provided ₺127 billion of support to our citizens with the subsidy we made in electricity, natural gas and fuel prices. Last week, it was announced that the TRT share and the Energy Fund were removed from the bills. With the abolition of both funds, the support we will provide to our citizens will be approximately ₺3 billion per year.”

“WE REACHED THE TARGETS FOR 2023 IN RENEWABLE ENERGY”

Donmez stated that Turkey’s installed capacity in renewable energy reached approximately 53 thousand megawatts as of the end of October.

Stating that the share of renewable energy sources in electricity production has exceeded 42% in 2019 and 2020, Donmez stated that the 2023 target has already been reached.

“WE WILL MAKE THE FIRST WELDING IN THE SPRING OF 2022”

Minister Donmez stated that the studies on the discovery of natural gas in the Black Sea are continuing rapidly, and said:

“We successfully completed the reservoir-2 and reservoir-3 tests of our Turkali-2 well in July. We burned the Black Sea gas there for the first time that day. This week, we reached a daily gas flow of 650 thousand cubic meters in the reservoir-1 test of our Turkali-2 well. We have completed all engineering works for Sakarya Gas Field. We have placed orders for high-quality pipes. We will carry out this work together with a company that is an expert in its field and has a high level of competence. I hope we will make the first welding by placing pipes under the water in the spring of 2022.”

DRILL SHIP IS ON THE ROAD

Noting that the fourth drilling ship will arrive in Turkey in the spring of 2022, Donmez said, “Our 4th ship has a double tower design and is capable of operating in harsh sea conditions. It works more safely even in high-pressure reservoirs. We made all the calculations in Black Sea gas according to the book 2023.”

WINTER TIME APPLICATION

Reminding that the wintertime implementation in Turkey started in 2016, Donmez reported that 6.82 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity savings have been achieved so far.

Donmez stated that the monetary equivalent of this savings is ₺6 billion, “With the vote held in the European Parliament on March 26, 2019, the proposal to end the seasonal time change in the EU was accepted.”

TWO MOST IMPORTANT FUTURE ISSUES ELECTRIC VEHICLES AND CARBON PRICING

Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA) President Mustafa Yilmaz reminded that Turkey has set a net-zero emission target for 2053 in the process of harmonization with the Paris Agreement and said, “It is essential to take serious steps within the framework of the net-zero emission goal and to manage the process effectively and fairly. In this context, I consider two issues important for the upcoming period.”

Noting that the first of these is the domestic and national automobile that Turkey has been dreaming of for half a century, coming off the production line at the end of 2022, Yilmaz continued as follows:

“The prevalence of electric vehicles depends on the existence of sufficient charging infrastructure and the ability to provide charging services throughout the country. In this context, I hope that the proposal submitted to the Parliament will be enacted in a short time. As EMRA, we have also planned secondary legislation studies based on the draft law. Another issue that I consider as important as electric vehicles for our economy is carbon pricing. EMRA is ready to do its part prudently when the roadmap for carbon reduction of our country becomes clearer after the climate council to be convened next January and the principles regarding carbon pricing become mature. I would like to emphasize that if Energy Markets Operations Inc. is assigned in carbon pricing, the carbon market will be ready for operation as soon as possible under the supervision of EMRA.”

Yilmaz stated that digitalization is of vital importance for the energy sector and that the digitization of the sector will contribute significantly to growth and employment, and said, “In the coming days, we will share our national smart meter systems project, which we have developed in cooperation with our sector, with the public. With this project, whose short name is MASS, we will implement a mobile application system that measures the amount and quality of the energy we consume, contains important information about how this energy will be provided to the customers in the most efficient and shortest way, and that can guide the interventions or meter failures to the distribution companies.”

Source: Sabah / Translated by Irem Yildiz

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