Turkey determined to run for electric car race

Posted by meb at February 25th, 2013

Turkish state institutions are set to provide full support to local electric car production as Turkey’s science agency will provide 100 percent in research aid while the Science Ministry is promising to buy 200 electric cars over five years.

“Turkey will make a name for itself with domestic electric car production and development,” Turkish Science, Industry and Technology Minister Nihat Ergün has said, adding that Turkey did not want to miss the opportunity to have a say in the electric car sector, as it has lost out before in the fossil fuel vehicle technology sector. (more…)

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Samsun-Kavkaz ferry line to link Turkey with Russia, Central Asia

Posted by meb at February 19th, 2013

The first integrated rail and ferry line between Russia and Turkey officially opened on Tuesday, inaugurating what officials say will be a new chapter in trade between the two countries and the region at large.
In a Tuesday ceremony at the Turkish Black Sea port of Samsun, Transport and Communication Minister Binali Yıldırım and his Russian counterpart, Maksim Sokolov, spoke to the press on the importance of the line, which will be the most direct trade corridor between the two Black Sea neighbors. Yıldırım said that the agreement will see as much as 200,000 tons of rolling stock this year, a number which he estimated would reach around 300,000 tons in five years. “This line will help us reach our trade targets, which is not an easy task but something I’m sure can be achieved,” said Sokolov. (more…)

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Natural gas reserves found in Istanbul’s Silivri

Posted by meb at February 19th, 2013

Natural gas reserves have been found in Ä°stanbul’s Silivri district, Turkish media reported on Tuesday.
An exploratory drilling operation headed by Merty Energy has reached a natural gas deposit at a depth of some 500 meters in the Çayırlık-1 field, the company’s officials said.

Merty Energy CEO Ongun Yoldemir was quoted by Reuters as saying, “Drillers will also look for natural gas deposits in the Damlıca-1 field after tests are completed.”

Any discoveries made by oil companies and the state-run Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO) are sure to come as welcome news to Turkey, which imports nearly all of its natural gas and is looking for ways to lessen dependency on its foreign suppliers. According to a report released last year by British Petroleum (BP), Turkey was ranked third after China and Greece for rising natural gas costs, at 17.3 percent, with Turkey responsible for 1.4 percent of world natural gas consumption. Oil use also increased by 5.8 percent in 2011 compared to 2010.

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Russians pledge Matryoshka like four-layer safety in Turkey plant

Posted by meb at April 26th, 2011

As the entire world is now struggling to decide if states’ efforts to develop nuclear energy should continue after what recently happened in Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant following the March 11 twin earthquake and tsunami disasters, there is also an ongoing public debate in Turkey: People wonder if the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government is doing the right thing as it seems determined to go ahead with its ambitious nuclear energy program. (more…)

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First domestic diesel train to be source of pride for Turkey

Posted by meb at April 21st, 2011

Amid recent debates over creating a domestic car brand in Turkey, a Turkish wagon company has already managed to produce a domestic train named the Anatolia.

The train will run on diesel, making it highly attractive for markets whose transportation system is mainly designed for diesel, the top official of Turkish Wagon Industry, Inc., (TÜVASAŞ), the producer of the trains, told Today’s Zaman.

The country’s first domestic diesel train Anatolia was put on the tracks during a ceremony on Tuesday in the northwestern province of Sakarya. TÃœVASAÅž General Manager Ä°brahim Ertiryaki told Today’s Zaman that the latest available technology was used in producing the wagons, 85 percent of which were produced locally. (more…)

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Turkish ministry to spend 3.1 billion on Ankara subway

Posted by meb at April 21st, 2011

Ankara’s subway system, which has yet to be completed despite 10 years of construction and 814 million Turkish Liras of investment, will receive another 3.1 billion liras from the Transportation Ministry to finish the line, authorities have said.

Subway work between Keçiören and the train station, Kızılay and Ümitköy, as well as between Sincan and Batıkent, will be launched simultaneously and completed within two years, according to the ministry’s plans, Transportation Minister Habib Soluk told journalists Tuesday.

The 44.4-kilometer-long Ankara metro line will cost the ministry 3.17 billion liras, Soluk said. (more…)

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BP Turkey to open 40 new stations

Posted by meb at April 11th, 2011

Aiming for growth in parallel with the fuel oil market in Turkey, BP’s local branch plans to open 40 new filling stations in the Turkish market this year, a written statement from BP Turkey said Friday.

Speaking at the Petroleum Istanbul 2011 fair that started Thursday, BP Turkey Fuel Manager Richard Harding said BP offers service quality to its customers with more than 600 filling stations in Turkey.

“We target a strong growth in 2011 in parallel with the fuel oil market. We plan to expand our station network, increase productivity and take 40 more stations in operation,” Harding said. “Being a company that has invested in the Turkish energy sector and economy since 100 years, we will continue investing with our innovative perspective in the upcoming period.” (more…)

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Italy, Russia, Turkey sign pipeline deal

Posted by meb at October 19th, 2009

Italy, Russia and Turkey signed an agreement on building the Samsun-Ceyhan oil pipeline, according to Eni, Italy’s biggest oil company.

The project underscores a “joint commitment to enhance energy security,” according to a statement issued by Eni on Monday. The pipeline will run between Samsun on Turkey’s Black Sea coast and the Mediterranean port of Ceyhan.

The accord was signed in Milan Tuesday by Turkey’s Energy Minister Taner Yıldız, Italy’s Economy Minister Claudio Scajola and Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin and Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko. (more…)

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