Electricity production, planning and management were discussed in depth at an energy panel held at the Eastern Mediterranean University.
The Minister of Economy and Energy Özdil Nami who spoke at the panel titled “Electricity Production, Planning and Management in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus” said that prosperity in a country could only be raised by increasing value added production.
He said that producing and consuming cheap electricity was essential in achieving that goal.
Providing information about the government’s energy policies, Nami said that the government attached great importance to energy.
He explained that energy production fell into five categories which were serving development, lowering input costs, producing quality electricity, creating alternatives and producing renewable energy.
Reminding that an agreement had been signed between the TRNC and Turkey in 2016 to bring electricity to the island via cable, Nami said that consumer interests needed to be taken in account while planning on energy.
Also touching upon the hydrocarbons issue during his speech, the TRNC Economy and Energy Minister said that the call made to the Greek Cypriot Energy Minister for the natural gas resources to be used for the benefit of both communities was still valid.
Nami said that the hydrocarbon issue could be used as an opportunity and not a threat if the necessary intention existed.
The panel also heard presentations delivered by the chairman of the Cyprus Turkish Electricity Authority Ahmet Hüdaoğlu, academics, trade unionists and experts.