The State Planning Organisation has released a list of 60 priority projects to be carried out during this year. The total value of the projects is TL 456 million million ($11,000 million), with many of the larger projects in the energy sector. These have a total value of TL 231 million million ($5,775 million).

The range of work, besides power, includes highways, railways, airports and ports, water supply and sewerage and irrigation. Some of the projects will be undertaken on a private sector build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis.

The larger projects include:

Hydroelectric dams. Kayraktepe (TL 24.7 million million), Yedigoze (TL 13.6 million million), Boyabat dam (TL 23.3 million million), Deriner (TL 33.9 million million) and Bireck (TL 30 million million).

Thermal power stations. The fifth and sixth units of Afsin-Elbistan A (lignite-fuelled – TL 36.4 million million), and the Bursa natural gas- fired, combined-cycle station (TL 40.6 million million – see below).

Agriculture. Two projects in the southeast Anatolian (GAP) development programme: the first stage of the Sanliurfa irrigation network (TL 14.8 million million) and the first stage of the Kralkizi-Dicle irrigation project (TL 21 million million). And, the lower Buyuk Menderes irrigation scheme (TL 20.3 million million).

Transport. The Ankara-Polatli-Sivrihisar highway (TL 4.1 million million); the Narli to Toprakkale railway (TL 8.5 million million); container terminals at Derince and Iskenderun ports (TL 6.5 million million and TL 8.7 million million, respectively); and a second external passenger terminal at Ataturk international airport, Istanbul (TL 10.5 million million).

Water and sewerage. Izmir sewerage project (TL 3.7 million million), and the Izmit bay area sewerage project (TL 6.4 million million – see below); Ankara and Izmir water supply projects (TL 24.4 million million and TL 13 million million, respectively).

Exchange rate: $1=TL 42,035 (April 1995)