12/2/2009

Black Sea city prepares for new natural gas plant

Hurriyet Daily News - A combined-cycle natural-gas project that will be developed jointly with Austria’s OMV in Terme, near the Black Sea province of Samsun, is expected to strengthen relations between Turkey and Austria. “This project is very important for OMV, Turkey-Austria relations and project managers”, said Korkut Ozturkmen, the Managing Director of Borasco Elektrik Uretim Sanayi. He added that the 870-megawatt project has expanded to cover 444,000 m² of land in the town of Terme. Noting that Turkey is very important for OMV, he added: “We would like to have a share, as Turkey fulfills its energy needs. We are continuing to work not only on natural gas but also on hydroelectric, solar and wind plants.” Commenting on the choice of the Black Sea region and Samsun for the natural gas plant project, Ozturkmen said cold regions are usually preferred in order to increase efficiency and decrease emissions. “It is also very important that the region is close to a cold sea, as these kinds of plants need to be cooled with the sea”, he said. “Another important reason is the close proximity to the Blue Stream pipeline, as natural gas of the highest quality is imported from Russia. Considering all these criteria, Samsun and the Black Sea region appear to be the most suitable areas to produce environment friendly electricity for our needs.”