NATURAL GAS INFRASTRUCTURE EXPANSIONS IN TURKEY: ECONOMIC FEASIBILITY AND A COST COMPARISON WITH PV INVESTMENTS

2021-8-03
Mansız, Bilge
Turkey, from 1980s on, has greatly invested in urban usage of natural gas, which is mostly imported. Alongside urban usage, natural gas is now widely consumed for electricity generation and industry. Beginning with 2014, even remote towns are also started to be supplied with natural gas. While there are many environmental and societal advantages of natural gas consumption over coal and fuel-oil, it can be argued that natural gas supply of remote areas is mostly due to social or political concerns. Natural gas, however, is not pollution free and emits greenhouse gases, nonetheless. Therefore, a holistic and proper analysis of costs and benefits of these investments should include environmental and social concerns and should weigh in the opportunities of renewable alternatives compared to use of natural gas. In this study, 22 towns are selected from different locations, 6 from northern, 13 from centre, and 3 from southern regions of Turkey where natural gas investments are being planned. These 3 regions have differing solar power generation potentials received due to solar irradiation difference. In general, two towns from each city are chosen to be investigated to analyse the impact of investment difference knowing that their solar potentials are similar. To this end, the question of “Could PV investments be more feasible rather than natural gas investments in remote regions?” will be investigated.

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Citation Formats
B. Mansız, “NATURAL GAS INFRASTRUCTURE EXPANSIONS IN TURKEY: ECONOMIC FEASIBILITY AND A COST COMPARISON WITH PV INVESTMENTS,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2021.