Electricity exports from Saudi Arabia to Europe through Turkey is not possible

Oil&Gas Materials 25 January 2012 21:08 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan.25 /Trend A.Taghiyeva/

Electricity exports from Saudi Arabia to Europe through Turkey is not possible for several reasons, Chairman of the Board, General Director of the State electricity selling company of Turkey (TETAS) Hadji Duran Gokkaya told Trend on Wednesday.

Saudi Arabia is discussing the issue of energy supplying to Europe through Turkey, which will strengthen energy cooperation with these countries, Saudi edition of Al-Arabiya reported on Wednesday quoted the Ministry of Water and Electricity of Saudi Arabia.
According to the newspaper, this project provides the electricity supply to Syria and Jordan.

Gokkaya noted that the implementation of this project is not possible, primarily due to the fact that Turkey participates in the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E), and Saudi Arabia must also be a member of this organization in order to supply electricity to Europe via Turkey.

ENTSO-E is an organization that brings together the electrical network of associations ATSOI, BALTSO, ETSO, NORDEL, UCTE and UKTSOA in July 2009, which is aimed to ensure reliable operation, optimal control and the development of the European power transmission system to ensure energy security and meet the needs of internal energy market.

On the other hand, the project won't be successful from an economic point of view, Gokkaya said.

"It will be more profitable for Saudi Arabia to export electricity to Syria and Lebanon which are suffering from lack of it" Gokkaya said.

Gokkaya also said, the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey has not yet received a proposal from Saudi Arabia, and if this proposal be received, Turkey will consider it.

Installed capacity of Saudi Arabia power plant is 35.9 GW, 100 percent of power is due to thermal power plants.

Electricity production in Saudi Arabia amounted to 206.8 billion kw / h in 2010, increase by 63.8 percent compared to 2000.

25-year program of power sector development is implemented in Saudi Arabia, which aims to increase, electricity production by 69.3 billion kWh / year by 2020

Saudi Arabia isn't an exporter of electricity today.