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Turkey to cut thermal coal imports


According to the country’s energy and natural resources minister, Berat Albayrak, Turkey plans on reducing thermal coal imports and promoting domestic thermal coal production to more than 100 million mt/year by 2018, Platts say.

Albayrak made the comments Monday, November 6, at the signing of an agreement between Turkish utility Eren Enerji and coal mine investment company Hattat Holding to use domestic thermal coal at Eren’s Zetes power plant.

“Over the last two years, domestic coal production has exceeded 60 million mt and neared 70 million mt. By the end of this year, Turkey will produce more than 80 million mt of domestically produced coal,” Albayrak said, adding that the aim is to produce more than 100 million mt of domestic coal by the end of 2018.

As part of this transformation, Albayrak said Turkey would reduce its imports of thermal coal in line with the ramp-up in domestic production.

Albayrak has also announced that as Eren’s Zetes power plant, which accounts for 7.5% of all Turkish power generation, has made the agreement to use domestic coal instead of imported coal, Turkish power generation from imported coal will already have fallen 7.5%.

Turkey imported 22.56 million mt of thermal coal in January-September 2017, an increase of 5.2% from the same period in 2016, when imports were 21.44 million mt, Turkish customs data showed. The Zetes plant used approximately 7 million mt of imported thermal coal last year, according to owner Eren Enerji.

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