Coal expansion in Turkey hits headwinds, 70GW canceled or delayed since 2009 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Platts:Turkey’s plans to expand its thermal coal-fired power plant fleet have largely fallen by the wayside as the country grapples with a combination of economic and social headwinds, clouding what otherwise would have been one of the Atlantic market’s few bright spots for demand.An estimated 70 GW of planned capacity has either been cancelled or indefinitely postponed since 2009, leaving the country with 85 operating coal-fired power plants and a total operating capacity of 19 GW, according to a review of the Turkish government data and web sources. An additional 33 GW is under various stages of planning, with only 2 GW under construction.“There are quite a number of projects that will never see daylight,” a Turkish utility source said. “The ones that will burn imported hard coals are definitely dead due to diminishing availability of soft loans and Turkey’s strong policy for decreasing the current account deficit.”President Recep Erdogan’s strategy to shift utility purchases away from imported thermal coal toward domestic lignite, due to the impact energy imports are having on Turkey’s balance of trade, had been expected to fuel domestic plant construction near lignite mines, the utility source said. But the policy appears to have ground to a halt, as proposed lignite projects have been halted by strong environmentalist opposition.“With Turkey’s economy likely to contract in CY 19 and grow only slightly in CY 20, electricity demand and coal imports should continue to be limited,” Platts Analytics said.Joe Aldina at Platts Analytics said: “Some slowing in Turkey’s imports was more or less the consensus view for 2019. But there was a longer-term expectation that Turkey would be one of the few bright spots for coal demand growth in the Atlantic Basin and a number of coal sellers, particularly from the US, were looking to Turkey as an outlet for production as European imports slow (and domestic US coal demand falls). New tariffs on US coal implemented this year dash the short-term hopes of sending more US coal to Turkey, but there was still the hope that Turkey could be a longer-term partner for US suppliers.”More: Turkish coal-fired plant expansion stalls, with 70 GW shelved since 2009
Being pro-life isn’t about tyranny, it’s about the exact oppositeStuff co.nz 3 June 2019Family First Comment: Boom! Kate Cormack destroys the arguments of ALRANZ’s American lobbyist Terri Ballamak..“No law can ever rightly be called a just law if it denies one group of human beings their fundamental human rights simply because they are deemed to be unwanted by another bigger and stronger group of human beings.”#chooselifeOPINION: In her latest opinion piece (published on Stuff, May 30), Terry Bellamak, head of the NZ abortion lobby group ALRANZ, has come out swinging against MP Alfred Ngaro. She even goes as far as to suggest that pro-lifers are promoters of tyranny.What Bellamak seems to be forgetting in the midst of her emotive hyperbole is the fundamental truth that all laws impose moral limits on our choices and bodily autonomy.I can’t consume excessive amounts of alcohol, get behind the wheel of a car, while claiming that any law intended to stop me from doing this is somehow a form of tyranny against my bodily autonomy.Nor can I assault another person in the street, and then claim that tyrants are forcing me to make unwilling sacrifices to cede to their moral demands if they intervene to try to bring an end to my actions.In fact, this same basic principle is true of all abortion laws as well. They too are based on a moral framework, and place limits on when, where and how abortions can legally take place.Or is Bellamak advocating we adopt an extreme approach to this issue? Does she envisage a New Zealand where there are no laws at all regarding abortion? That we should be free to abort anyplace, anyhow, and at anytime we like before the unborn child has left the birth canal?The important principle that she seems to have missed is that just and humane laws always balance personal choice against the common good of the wider community.No law can ever rightly be called a just law if it denies one group of human beings their fundamental human rights simply because they are deemed to be unwanted by another bigger and stronger group of human beings.Being pro-life isn’t about the promotion of tyranny, just the opposite in fact.* Kate Cormack is a media spokeswoman and educator for Voice for Life New Zealand.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/113121733/being-prolife-isnt-about-tyranny-its-about-the-exact-opposite?cid=app-iPhoneKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.