Incentives on coal mining expanded
ANKARA - Anatolia News Agency
The state incentives for coal mining investments have been enlarged by the new regulation. DHA photoThe scope of state incentives for coal mining investments has been expanded with a decision of the Cabinet, the Official Gazette announced yesterday.
The investments for coal extraction were excluded from the list of “investment subjects which will not be incentivized,” according to the decision.
The investments for coal extraction in manufacturing, energy and mining are now able to benefit from incentives.
Economy Minister Zafer Çağlayan said in a written statement that the scope of incentives for coal manufacturing had been enlarged with this change taking into consideration the sector’s investment needs, the security of energy supply and matters like current account deficit.
High-calorie coal included
The recent incentive system, which came into force on June 20, 2012, had allocated incentives to only low-calorie coal (low C class), but this decision will allow for incentives to be given also to high-calorie coal, said Çağlayan.
“Our underground resources will be redounded to the economy in a fast way. The change allows the investments in coal mining to be incentivized independently from calorie classification,” he said.
Çağlayan noted that the new regulation would encourage to new investors in the sector.