Turkish President calls for investment in energy

Feb 22, 1997 01:00 AM

Turkish President Suleyman Demirel has called for more efforts in the energy production in a bid to increase Turkey's competitive capacity on the world market.Addressing a meeting attended by businessmen, Demirel said that Turkey needed an investment of $ 3.5 bn to meet the demands for energy as a result of its rapidly expanding economy. Conceding the energy shortages of his country, Demirel warned the business circles that Turkey had to double its energy supply to the industry if it wanted a competitive position in the future. He called the need for increased energy production as a "national cause" and urged people of the country to remain united to enhance investments in the energy sector.A stable supply of energy will create positive conditions for the continued increase of national income, Demirel said.The government has reportedly worked out initial plans for the construction of new nuclear power plants in order to acquire reliable and cheap supply of electricity. However, the program has drawn opposition from some environmental organisations for fears of nuclear pollution. Turkey has long suffered a shortage of energy and has to import energy from neighbouring countries such as Russia, Bulgaria, Georgia and Iran to meet its domestic demands.

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