Turkey's energy strategy and development of Ceyhan as an energy hub

Değirmenci, Deniz
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Citation Formats
D. Değirmenci, “Turkey’s energy strategy and development of Ceyhan as an energy hub,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2010.