Turkey's Minister: Black Sea region has great hyrdoelectricty potential

The platform is expected to stay in the Black Sea for five years.

Turkey's Minister: Black Sea region has great hyrdoelectricty potential

Turkey's Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said the Black Sea region bore great potential for hyrdoelectricty production, adding that all of Turkey's national resources should be utilised to avoid importing energy.

During a visit to the Trabzon governor's office Yildiz said his Ministry adopted a nature friendly energy policy.

He said the environment was inevitably affected during the construction of hydro electric power plants adding that they were exerting utmost efforts to minimise the effects.

He said natural energy resources like wind, solar power, coal should be utilised in order to reduce Turkey's dependence on energy import.

Commenting on oil exploration efforts in the Black Sea, Yildiz said there were no specific data at hand yet to give hope, noting however that they were expecting results until the end of August. He said another giant oil drilling platform was on the way, and it could arrive in Turkey around next April.

In April 2009, state-owned petroleum companies, Turkey's TPAO and Brazil's Petrobras, signed an agreement for the exploration of oil in the Black Sea. In January the massive deep-water oil platform "Leiv Eiriksson", which set off from Norway months ago, passed through the straits and reached Sinop, to explore oil at a depth of 6,000 meters with a daily cost of up to 1 million USD.

The platform is expected to stay in the Black Sea for five years.


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