Sunday, October 1, 2017

China’s role in Turkey’s energy future

Temptation to invest in Turkey’s coal sector will test President Xi’s commitment to climate leadership

By Arif Cem Gündoğan and Ethemcan Turhan

Chinadialouge - SEPT. 28, 2017

China may be halting construction of coal-fired power at home but abroad it’s still investing in coal, even as it pushes aggressively into renewable energy markets.
In the years ahead, the kind of investments China makes in Turkey will prove an important test of its emerging leadership on energy and climate.
China has strengthened its bilateral relationship with Turkey in recent years. Chinese wind power companies MingYang and Goldwind were among eight international consortia that took part in a tender for a one gigawatt wind project in July, organised by the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources.
Despite Turkey’s on-going national state of emergency and political instability following a coup attempt in July 2016, companies, including those from China, have not been put off bidding for a stake in Turkey’s future energy infrastructure.