Today, we will bring
important figure to the energy market employees. The recently
announced installed power generation is 85,200 megawatts. We have
peak figure - as of August 2017 - it is around 49-50 thousand MWe.
The national grid system is having difficulties in supply electricity
in case of local demand above 50,000 MWe. One other calculation is as
follows. As of 2017, Turkey generated 300 billion Kwh electricity. If
you divide that figure into total number of hours per year (8760
hours), you get an average figure of 34 thousand MWe.
are thermal power plants that have not been operated in 85.200 MWe.
There are power plants that have not generated electricity at all for
the last 9-10 years. There are hydroelectric power plants which are
not in operation.
are solar power plants operating at 2500 hours a year and wind farms
operating at 3000 hours a year. Availabilities of these plants are
low but they are added in full capacity in installed power.
power plants are not deducted from inventory list. What is the
reason? Those public workers on official duty do not talk, but
retirees are commenting. A long and fruitless procedure is required.
Decision of political will, official decree is required for
thermal power plant has not been in operation for the last 10 years.
Tunçbilek Thermal Power Plant's 1-2 units have not been in operation
for the last 15 years and it is doubtful that they will be able to
work after that. Two units of Afşin-A Thermal Power Plant have not
been working for the last 10 years. Other units do not reach to full
capacity. Afşin-B Thermal Power Plant repair is completed after the
fire during maintenance.
old 1154 MWe combined cycle thermal power plant is not running and do
not operate at full load. It does not work at all because a new plant
has been rebuilt nearby from scratch and is on. But the old one still
appears on the installed power list.
you collect the power of power plants that are not working or are not
taken out of inventory because of the prolonged procedure, you are
doing a great miscalculation. When talking about the total installed
capacity, you take into account this situation, you need use actual
same situation also had used for visible- total proven coal reserves
in Turkey. Fortunately, the actual proven capacity figure was finally
corrected by the responsible public organization.
companies, international organizations (World Bank, International
Energy Agency IEA, especially the US DOE and EIA) interested in our
market make this improvement for us.
keep our installed power in more realistic numbers. We hope that we
will make the necessary corrections in the near future, and we will
not continue to mislead ourselves, we will be realistic.
Direskeneli, is a graduate of METU Mechanical Engineering department
(1973). He worked in public, private enterprises, USA Turkish JV
companies (B&W, CSWI, AEP), in fabrication, basic and detail
design, marketing, sales and project management of thermal power
plants. He is currently working as freelance consultant/ energy
analyst with thermal power plants basic/ detail design software
expertise for private engineering companies, investors, universities
and research institutions. He is a member of ODTÜ Alumni and Chamber
of Turkish Mechanical Engineers Energy Working Group.
article is written for "EurasiaReview" web site release.
March 26, 2018