Discovering Turkey's huge geothermal potential

Today’s Zaman - Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Hilmi Guler has said the government's new target after wind power is geothermal power and that the necessary preliminary work in this field was on track. Speaking at the Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen's Association's (TUSİAD) "Supply Security in Energy: Policies and Proposals" conference in Ankara yesterday, Guler stated Turkey had recognized its renewable energy potential very recently and had begun to initiate new projects to make use of it. He said Turkey will focus on geothermal power more next year and that Turkey was the first in Europe and seventh in the world in terms of geothermal potential. Guler emphasized plans are in the works to prepare maps for Turkey's geothermal resources as had previously been done for wind power and that the licensing process will be similar to that of wind power plants. He also said Turkey will increase its inventory of drilling equipment. "I held a meeting with 19 drilling equipment producers," he said, adding they were going to use geothermal power in greenhouses, thermal tourism and central heating.