USTDA strengthens support for geothermal energy
United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) awarded a grant to Turcas BM Kuyucak Jeotermal Elektrik Üretim AŞ (TBK), a Turkish joint venture owned primarily by BM Holding and Turcas Energy Holding. The grant funds a feasibility study that will evaluate the technical and financial specifications for a geothermal energy project with a capacity of 13.2 MW, the agency said in a press release.
„We are very proud to have supported, either directly or indirectly, a substantial amount of Turkey’s more than 300 MW of operational geothermal energy,” said Heather Lanigan, USTDA’s country manager. „This project in Kuyucak will expand on that success, and will also build upon USTDA’s continued efforts to support renewable energy deployment in Turkey.”
This grant is USTDA’s third feasibility study supporting geothermal development in Turkey, and follows the implementation of two USTDA-supported projects by Gurmat Energy Investment and Trade Co. and Zorlu Energy Group. To facilitate further collaboration, in 2013, USTDA hosted Turkish delegates on a weeklong reverse trade mission that familiarized participants with U. S. geothermal energy expertise, products and services. Building upon the success of the RTM, in 2014, USTDA organized a workshop in Ankara that brought together experts and companies from both Turkey and the United States to discuss new technologies, best practices and upcoming project opportunities, the agency said.