- Turkey's electricity import bill for the January-September period of 2018 decreased by 22.6 percent compared to the same period of 2017, according to Turkish Statistical Institute's (Turkstat) data Thursday.
The data shows that Turkey paid nearly $46.98 million for electricity imports in the nine month period of 2018, compared to $60.69 million for the same period of 2017.
The amount of electricity imported between January and September reached nearly 1.16 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh), compared to 1.21 billion kWh in the first nine months of 2017.
Turkey bought electricity from five countries - Greece, Czechia, Bulgaria, Georgia and Azerbaijan, the data shows, out of which Bulgaria held the biggest share of electricity exports to Turkey.
Turkey bought nearly 793.26 million kWh of electricity from Bulgaria out of a total amount of 1.16 billion kWh between January and September 2018 paying $32.46 million to its neighbor.
Georgia followed Bulgaria with 239.95 million kWh of imports for which Turkey paid nearly $8.58 million.
Azerbaijan, Greece and Czechia followed with 73.61, 35.03 and 18.67 million kWh of electricity imports, respectively. Turkey paid $3.54 million to Azerbaijan, $1.60 million to Greece and $775.28 thousand to Czechia for imports in the nine months of the year.
Additionally, May saw the highest electricity imports in the January-September period in 2018 when Turkey imported 232.66 million kWh of electricity and paid $9.34 million.
By Ebru Sengul