Construction has begun on a 270 MW coal fired power plant in north western Turkey, as the country’s resources minister issues support for a coal power generation future.

The plant, owned by Aska Energy will be built in two 135 MW phases, with the first expected to be commissioned in October 2014, and the second to follow in Autumn of the following year. When operational, it will produce one per cent of Turkey’s electricity.
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Turkish National Resources Minister Yildiz said the country has enough coal to fire up 17000 MW worth of plants and added that using more of Turkey’s own coal would help reduce the need for gas-fired plants and reduce the country’s current reliance on gas imports

Industrial Info reports Turkey has ambitious nuclear energy goals as well. In June, speaking at the World Economic Forum (WEF) on the Middle East, North Africa and Eurasia, Yildiz announced that Turkey wants to have 23 reactors up and running by 2023.

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