Turkey’s electricity import bill in 2017 decreased by 60 percent compared to 2016, according to Turkish Statistical Institute’s (Turkstat) data Friday.
The country paid $85.5 million for its electricity imports in 2017, compared to $213.6 million in 2016, the Turkstat data showed.
While Turkey imported 4.36 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity from Greece, Bulgaria, Azerbaijan and Georgia in 2016, the country’s electricity imports in 2017 were down by nearly 62 percent and amounted to 1.66 billion kilowatt-hours.
The country imported electricity from six countries in 2017 including Greece, Bulgaria, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran and the Czech republic.
The highest electricity import bill of $25.88 million was paid in 2017 when Turkey imported nearly 406.46 million kilowatt-hours of electricity from Greece, Bulgaria and Azerbaijan.
– Highest amount of electricity imported from Bulgaria in 2017
Bulgaria was the country from which Turkey imported electricity the most last year. In 2017, Turkey imported 743.19 million kilowatt-hours of electricity from Bulgaria paying $34.68 million.
Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, Greece and the Czech republic followed Bulgaria, according to Turkstat data.
The amount of electricity imported from Azerbaijan decreased year-on-year from 359.64 million kilowatt-hours to 285.99 million kilowatt-hours in 2017. For this amount Turkey paid $17.68 million to Azerbaijan.
In 2017, Turkey imported 257.54 million kilowatt-hours of electricity from Georgia, 249.9 million from Iran, 129.32 million from Greece and 1.72 million from the Czech republic.
The country paid $9.62 million to Georgia, $15.16 million to Iran, $8.27 million to Greece and $57.8 thousand to the Czech republic last year.