Turkey plans to better exploit $350 billion coal reserves

Energy and Natural Resources Minister Berat Albayrak announced that Turkey will seek to better exploit its $350 billion of coal and lignite reserves in 2018, Islamist newspaper Akit said.

Turkey is presently the 12th biggest miner of coal in the world, and it hoped to move up the league table this year by mining more of its 17.3 billion tonnes of reserves, the newspaper said.

The development of coal mining, meanwhile, will help produce cheaper electricity for Turkish consumers, and the road maps for opening up the Çayırhan, Afyonkarahisar-Dinar, Tekirdağ-Çerkezköy, Malkara, Konya Karapınar and Afşin Elbistan coal basins to investment have been sped up, the newspaper said.


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