State-owned EÜAŞ dominates top list of electricity producers in Turkey

State owned EUAS dominates top list electricity producers Turkey

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March 28, 2023






March 28, 2023





Turkish government-controlled Electricity Generation Corp. (EÜAŞ) was the first in the country in 2022 with a share of 20.4% in electricity generation capacity and 14.1% in output. Polat Enerji, Borusan ENBW Enerji and Güriş Holding were the biggest players in the wind power segment.

Total power generation capacity increased by a remarkable 4% last year, to 103.8 GW, consulting firm Kearney said in the MW100 Turkey report, which it issued together with media company Enerji Günlüğü. After a 9% increase in output in 2021 due to the post-pandemic recovery in electricity demand, the milder summer and winter periods resulted in a 1.7% decrease to 326 TWh.

Government-controlled utility Electricity Generation Corp. (EÜAŞ) remained at the top of the chart, with 20.4% in capacity and 14.1% in output. It is the biggest by far in the hydroelectric segment, with 13.9 GW. Next, with 1.68 GW, is Cengiz Enerji, which ranks fourth according to total installed capacity, as it climbed a notch from 2021.

Polat Enerji has highest wind power capacity

EÜAŞ is number one in total gas-fired capacity as well, at 4.7 GW. ENKA came in second overall and in the gas segment, where it has 4 GW in the portfolio. Enerjisa is third in the main chart, in output on the national level, in gas as well as in hydroelectric capacity, where it has 1.35 GW. It is a joint venture between German E.ON and Turkish Sabancı.

Kalyon is about to finish its Karapınar solar power plant, with a whopping 1.35 GW in peak power and 1 GW in connection capacity

As for wind power, Polat Enerji (698 MW), Borusan EnBW Enerji (631 MW) and Güriş Holding (618 MW) were the biggest players at the end of 2022.

Kalyon tops the solar power list, with 962 MW. It is finishing its Karapınar photovoltaic plant of 1.35 GW in peak power, translating to 1 GW in connection capacity. Cengiz is a distant second, with 227 MW, according to the update.

Zorlu Enerji tops geothermal chart

In the geothermal sector, Zorlu Enerji had the highest installed capacity, 305 MW. Next are Güriş (260 MW), Kipaş (236 MW) and Çelikler (213 MW).

Renewables accounted for 68% of total additions last year and reached a 52% share in Turkey, the report reveals. The authors noted that both demand and capacity have doubled with the economic expansion over the last 15 years.

The top 10 companies held 44% of the electricity capacity in the country.

Of note, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) said Turkey increased its green electricity capacity by 5.2% to 56 GW in 2022. According to the annual statistics report, there was 31.6 GW in hydropower, 11.4 GW in wind power, 9.4 in photovoltaics and 1.7 GW in geothermal energy on the power grid.

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