Energy producers are rushing to the Central Anatolian district of Karapınar in an effort to cash in on Turkey’s second largest coal reserves, as well as sunny fields that present ample opportunity for solar power.
Some 57 companies – most of them foreign consortiums – have already started queries on the 60 million-meter-square area that has designated as a special energy area by the government, Karapınar Mayor Mehmet Mugayıtoğlu recently told Anatolia news agency.
The district in Konya, which was once a source of migrants in the 1960s, is forging a future as an energy production hub of Turkey.
The Energy and Natural Resources Ministry announced in January that it had discovered 1.8 billion tons of lignite reserves in the province, enough to fuel a thermal power station generating 5,000 megawatts of electricity for 30 to 40 years.
Mugayıtoğlu said the studies to establish a power plant there were continuing.
“A coal power plant producing 4.8 million megawatts will be established under the build-operate model,” he said.
In March, Turkish officials said a Saudi firm had applied for the construction of a coal-fired power station in Karapınar and that they expected to see Turkish companies do so as well.