Turkey appears ready to allow exports of crude oil from Iraq’s semi autonomous Kurdistan region following the conclusion of tests on an unused section of the Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline, which leads from the Turkish-Iraqi border to its oil export terminal at Ceyhan on the East Mediterranean coast. Continue reading »
At first glance the announcement in Turkey’s Official Gazette on Tuesday that Turkey’s State Supply Office has issued a tender to buy 250m instant win lottery tickets might look like a cunning plan to help cover Turkey’s burgeoning current account deficit.
A second glance might conclude that the unusual tender is related to the privatisation on behalf of Turkey’s national lottery, Milli Piyango. Continue reading »
The secondary public offering for Turkey’s state real estate development company has proved every bit as attractive to investors as had been predicted when it was first announced back in February.
It’s a result that apparently justifies both the plan to sell a further 25.86 per cent of the company, and the subsequent decision to postpone the sale taken in June in the wake of widespread civil unrest and calls for the resignation of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Continue reading »
Iraq’s semi autonomous region of Kurdistan has given its clearest signals yet that it is preparing to realise the export of oil and gas by pipeline via Turkey, independent of the Iraqi central government in Baghdad.
Ashti Hawrami (pictured), the Regional Government’s minister of natural resources, said that the central government will have to accept that the Kurdistan Regional Government can export oil and gas without interference from Baghdad. Continue reading »
Turkey’s energy market regulator EPDK this week awarded Turkish construction group Siyah Kalem a licence to import gas from Iraq 18 months on from the company’s initial application.
The volumes are small – rising to a maximum of 3.2bn cu m per yr over the first 20 years out of a total 26 – but the fact it has been awarded at all speaks volumes about the state of relations between Turkey and Iraq, and the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of Northern Iraq. Continue reading »
Arguably the announcement last week by Abu Dhabi state energy company Taqa that it would postpone a final decision on investing in developing new coal fired power plant in Turkey to next year, was less surprising than the response to the announcement from Turkish energy minister Taner Yildiz.
Commenting on the decision Yildiz expressed his hope that the decision had not been made for political reasons, pointing to the ongoing instability in Egypt and Syria. Continue reading »
Ordinarily the announcement of a pre-qualification tender for the construction of a pipeline wouldn’t rate much coverage outside of specialist news services.
But the publication Tuesday of adverts by the Trans Anatolian Gas Pipeline company (Tanap) requesting applications from companies interested in building its 1,800km gas line is a little different. It represents the beginning of the end of an EU plan hatched over a decade ago to bring gas from the Caspian basin west to European markets in competition to Russian gas. Continue reading »
It’s difficult not to feel sympathy for the management of Tupras, Turkey’s sole oil refiner.
For the past two years the company has been walking the tightrope between the Turkish and US government positions on its crude imports from Iran, which at their peak of 9.25 million tonnes in 2011 accounted for more than half of the crude it processed. Continue reading »
As the French author Victor Hugo put it: “All the forces in the world are not as powerful as an idea whose time has come.”
Hugo died long before electricity became commonplace in Europe’s major cities, but his aphorism could easily be applied to electricity itself – and even to Turkey’s Karadeniz Holding, which has come up with a novel and successful means of taking power to parts of the world where existing supply has problems meeting growing demand. Continue reading »
Turkey’s purchasing managers’ index joined Russia’s in dipping into negative territory on Thursday, in further evidence of sluggishness in the economy and of the fact that, while some countries on the edge of Europe are showing signs of renewed life, others are still stuck in the mud. Continue reading »
Turkey’s use of a broad “interest rate corridor” as an instrument of monetary policy was controversial when it was first introduced in late 2010.
Two and a half years later, in spite of a broad consensus that this unconventional measure has been surprisingly effective, it remains no less controversial. Continue reading »
Listen to recent speeches by Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and one thing becomes immediately apparent: he is not short of opponents. Or rather, his perception is that he is not short of opponents, and he’s equally unafraid of naming them.
Having spent much of the past six weeks blaming the international media, international plots and the mysterious and previously unknown “international interest rate lobby” for the widespread anti-government demonstrations over the past six weeks, he has now chosen to target Turkey’s own domestic credit sector. Continue reading »
The closure on July 26 of Ford’s Transit production plant at Southampton may spell the end of an era for vehicle manufacturing in the UK but the transfer of production to Turkey offers the Turkish automotive sector a valuable boost.
Turkey’s automotive manufacturers have been particularly hard hit by a drop in demand in key European markets that saw sales of new passenger cars falling to a 17-year low in June. Continue reading »
If hope and effort expended translated automatically into oil and gas reserves, Turkey would have been self sufficient years ago.
Sadly geology has decreed that thus far what reserves have been identified in Turkey have been small and confined to the far south east and North West of the country. Continue reading »
Major infrastructure projects in Turkey are seldom less than controversial and the ground breaking ceremony for the third bridge over Istanbul’s Bosphorus straits held this week was guaranteed to spark protests even before the announcement that it was to be named after one of the Ottoman Empire’s less enlightened leaders, Sultan Yavuz Selim, known in the west as “Selim the Grim”. Continue reading »