Anatolian district of Karapınar is set to be Turkey’s energy hub with
solar and coal power projects in the pipeline, which will account for 8
percent of country’s energy need as they go online.
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
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.
Solar power boom
“sun fields project” is another important project slated for Karapınar,
as the designated area is awaiting investors that could benefit from
the abundant solar power sources in the region.
companies have planted equipment on the land,” the mayor said, adding
that preparations would continue until the end of June. Following the
initial studies, work will begin on a license tender preparatory to a
bidding process for the right to build the solar plant.
thermal power plant and the total amount of solar energy to be
generated will account for 8 percent of Turkey’s current energy need,”
Mugayıtoğlu said. Most of the actors interested in the field are foreign
consortiums which are eager to have a share in the business and invest
in Turkey, he added.
The huge investment in the region is
expected to have an impact on social demographics as well, as the
population of the district is also predicted to double within five
“Now, the population 33,000 and it is predicted to reach 60,00 in four to five years,” he said.
had previously signed a landmark deal with the United Arab Emirates to
develop coal fields in the southeastern province of Kahramanmaraş’s