Coal

Around the world, 310,5 gigaton (34,8%) of the coal reserves are located in Eurasian countries,288,3 gigaton (32,3%) in the Asia Pacific countries, 245 gigaton (27,5%) in North America, 33 gigaton (3,7%) in African and East Mediterranian countries and 14,6 gigaton (1,6%)in Central and South American countries.

Lignite is a type of coal which is generally used as a fuel in thermal power plants in order to possess its low grade and the high amount of ash and humidity. However, it is an energy raw material which is frequently used as it is quite abundant in the earth’s crust. On the other hand, Anthracite, is among the group of high calorie coals.

The World Energy Council has reported that the world coal reserves are present in around 80 countries, and The greatest part of the reserves isin the USA with 237,3 gigaton. The USA is followed by the Russia Federation with 157 gigaton, and China with 114,5 gigaton. Among the other coal rich countries are: Australia (76,4 gigaton), India (60,6 gigaton), Germany (40,5 gigaton), Ukraine (33,9 gigaton), Kazakhstan (33,6 gigaton) and the Republic of South Africa (30,2 gigaton). Thus, more than 90% of the world coal reserves are situated within the borders of this nine countries.

According to the research carried out by the World Energy Council, the proven and exploitable coal reserves within the world amount is 892 billion tons in total. 403 gigaton of these are in the anthracite and bituminous coal category, 287 gigaton are sub-bituminous coal, and 201 gigaton are lignite.

When the total coal production in the world in 2015 is taken into consideration, it is calculated that the global coal reserves have a lifespan of around 114 years. As a result of the serious coal exploration activities carried out in recent years, the lignite reserves in our country can be increased significantly. At the same time, the efforts directed at classifying the said reserves in accordance with international standards, and determining our economically exploitable reserves are continued.

Our country is evaluated as being at medium levels in terms of the reserves and production amounts of lignite, and also at low levels inanthracite. Approximately 3,2% of the total world reserves of lignite/sub- bituminous coal are in our country. In addition as the grade of a large portion of our lignite is low, its use in thermal plants has stood out. Approximately 46% of the lignite reserves in our country are located in the Afsin – Elbistan basin. The most important anthracite reserves of our country are in Zonguldak and the surrounding regions. The total anthracite reserves in the Zonguldak basin are 1.30 gigaton,but however the visible reserves are around 506 million tons.

Lignite/sub- bituminous coal fields are spread out among all regions of our country, and the grade of the lignite/sub- bituminous coal in these fields varies between 1000-5000 kcal/kg. Around 68% of the total lignite/sub- bituminous coal reserves in our country are low calorie, with 23,5% between 2000-3000 kcal/kg, 5,1% between 3000-4000 kcal/kg, and 3,4% is above 4000 kcal/kg grading.

By the end of 2015, Turkey possessed 126,9 million tons of Equivalent Petrol (MTEP), with the share of coal in the total primary energy consumption being 27,3%. As of the end of 2016, the power plant installed capacity dependent on coal in our country was 17.316 MW, and this is equal to 22,1% of the total installed capacity. The installed capacity using domestic coal is 9.437 MW (12,1%) and using imported coal is 67.879 MW (10%).

With the aim of meeting of the demand for energy which increased in parallel with industrialization and the increase in the population; the efforts to find new coal fields and developing the existing ones have been speeded up within the framework of the objectives of placing more importance on domestic resources and decreasing the dependence on imports in the production of energy since 2005. In addition to the 8,3 gigaton of existing reserves, 7,38 gigaton of new lignite reserves were determined by the end of 2014 as a result of these explorations.

In 2016, total of 92,3 TWh gross electricity was generated from coal, and this is around 33,9% of the amount in total gross electricity generation

About 7.38 gigaton tons of reserves increase has been provide between 2005-2015. While the level of lignite reserves in 2005 were 8,3 gigaton,at the end of 2015, this level has exceeded15 gigaton.
TABLE 1: The Lignite Reserves Discovered Between Years 2005-2015

Turkey Lignite Reserve Zones

Reserve Amount

Unit

Karapınar-Ayrancı

1,832

billion ton

Çerkezköy

0,495

billion ton

Elbistan

0,515

billion ton

Malatya-Yazıhan

0,017

billion ton

Eskişehir-Alpu

1,453

billion ton

Afyon-Dinar

0,9415

billion ton

Vize-Pınarhisar

0,140

billion ton

Konya-Ilgın-Merkez

0,0305

billion ton

Amasya-Merzifon

0,0092

billion ton

Isparta-Şarkikaraağaç

0,3067

billion ton

Denizli-Çardak

0,0442

billion ton

Denizli-Çivril

0,0075

billion ton

Elbistan - Electricity Generation Company (EÜAŞ)

1,3

billion ton

Soma - Turkish Coal Enterprise (TKİ)

0,205

billion ton

Çayırhan - Electricity Generation Company (EÜAŞ)

0,0833

billion ton

TOTAL

7,38

billion ton

Instead of using natural gas which is an imported resource to generate electricity, the efforts towards swiftly activating our lignite fields whose reserves have been determined andwhich possess the features required to establish thermal plants, into operation quickly, and the addition of new units to existing power plantshas been carrying on.

(2011-2015) PRODUCTION

Ore 

Producer

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

Unit

Asphaltite

 

572.089

649.830

648.953

336.852

837.112

ton

Bituminous Schist

TKİ

394.277

394.277

149.828

259.508

288.185

ton

Coal

EÜAŞ

31.455.812

24.297.709

16.011.459

18.987.907

10.855.125

ton

 

TKİ

41.530.095

36.815.592

23.257.009

22.854.114

12.432.171

ton

 

Other Public Sector

 

 

11.245.055

1.063.927

399.816

 ton

 

Private Sector

9.389.340

16.900.893

12.810.342

23.301.062

35.043.058

ton

 

Total

82.375.247

78.014.194

63.323.865

66.207.011

58.730.170

ton

Hard Coal

Turkish Hard Coal Enterprise
Institution 
and Royalty Holders

2.619.247

3.235.299

2.789.338

1.916.833

2.074.049

ton

Grand Total

85.960.860

82.293.600

66.911.984

68.720.204

61.929.516

ton


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