Energy in Turkey
With preparation ongoing to commission the first reactor for the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in southern Mersin province in 2023, Turkish engineers, who received their training in Russia for more than six years, have started to work at the power plant.
While 35 graduates out of 50 Turkish engineers started their duties, 43 more graduates are expected to be employed this year.
Turkey's energy import bill decreased by 12.2 percent to $2.75 billion in February this year compared to the same month last year, according to data released by the Turkish Statistical Institute on March 31.
The overall energy import bill fell last month with an increase in the country's domestic and renewable energy production.
Wind's share in Turkey's monthly electricity generation passed 10 percent threshold for the first time in January, the energy and natural resources minister said on Feb. 23.
"The wind blows with records in 2021," Fatih Dönmez said in a tweet.
Power generation through wind turbines rose to more than 10 percent for the first time in Turkey's history, he added.
Turkey discovered 1.92 million ounces of gold reserves in the country's northwestern province of Bilecik, the Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Dönmez said on Feb. 3.
Speaking at the ruling Justice and Development Party's provincial congress in Bilecik, Dönmez said the new reserves are forecast to produce 6-7 tons of gold per year, while offering employment to 800 people.
Natural gas inflow to Turkey's gas network saw a year-on-year increase of around 6.38 percent to 50 billion cubic meters (bcm) in 2020, according to data from the Turkish Petroleum Pipeline Corporation (BOTAŞ).
In 2019, around 47 bcm of natural gas was carried through the Turkish natural gas system.