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Coal expansion in Turkey hits headwinds, 70GW canceled or delayed since 2009

first_imgCoal 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 2009last_img read more

United Airlines train crew to stop passengers watching porn on planes

first_imgNZ Herald 7 February 2020Family First Comment: Disturbing!But the natural consequence of a porn-soaked culture without restraint…“In recent years, incidents have soared of passengers viewing hardcore pornography on their personal devices (even in front of children) in tight, closed quarters, leaving fellow passengers and flight crew feeling unsafe, emotionally triggered and victim to sexual harassment.”It’s an unusual in-flight issue that’s become such a problem, airlines have been forced to come up with strategies to deal with it.And that issue is passengers who watch porn mid-flight.Airlines are reporting an increasing number of passengers who watch X-rated content on their personal devices on flights, sometimes in front of children.Now, in an extraordinary step, major American carrier United Airlines is giving its cabin crew extra training to help stop passengers watching porn on planes.The airline was forced to invest in the extra training after it briefly made the US National Centre on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) 2019 “Dirty Dozen List”, which names and shames companies that “facilitate sexual exploitation” in the United States.United was the only airline to make the list.The NCOSE said there was a “sexually hostile environment” on board because of people watching porn on board.READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=12306749&ref=twitter  (behind paywall)last_img read more

Amosun Congratulates Joshua  Â

first_imgOgun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has congratulated boxing superstar, Anthony Joshua, for successfully defending his IBF Heavyweight world title, by defeating Carlos Takam in the 10th round at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.The governor, in a statement signed by the state’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Otunba Dayo Adeneye, described the feat by Joshua, an indigene  of Ogun State, as a pride to the state and the nation as a whole.“His strings of success are simply a manifestation of the gene of a true son of Ogun State, who are born to be victorious and do exploits in all fields of human endeavour.“It also demonstrates the ‘Ogun Standard’, which is the mantra of the new Ogun State, noted for excellence” he added.The governor said the development can also be seen from the standpoint of the doggedness and determination of an average Nigerian.While wishing the boxer luck in his future encounters, Amosun admonished Nigerian youths to unearth their untapped skills, and once again put Nigeria in top ranking in sports worldwide. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more