Turkey predicts `97 power deficit

Turkey faces a 2 billion kWh electricity shortage in 1997, according to the latest predictions from TEAS, the state electric utility. The country is expected to reach a demand of 103.6 billion kWh in 1997 with new capacity of 647 MW. Demand growth in 1996 was 12 percent with production rising only 10.5 percent. Turkey imported power from Iran and Bulgaria last year

“We cannot meet the demands. By the year 2020 an investment of (US)$99 billion is necessary, excluding transmission facilities and modernization,” said Afif Demirkiran of TEAS. An annual investment of (US)$2 billion is necessary to meet the power needs of the country.

Turkey has launched a tender for its first nuclear power station as part of its attempts to add capacity. Turkey will need an estimated 38,619 MW of capacity by 2010.