About this event

The Geothermal Congress in the Heart of the Geothermal Energy Industry in Turkey will again take place in 2017. After the successful first event held June 2016, the 2017 event will be even bigger. 

So save the dates of May 22-24, 2017. The event will be held again in Izmir/ Turkey and will feature an exhibition, congress and a field trip.


The schedule for the event is being developed.

  • 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

    The World Bank Workshop (Part I)

    The workshop will start by in depth presentations on the two components of the project, the Risk Sharing Mechanism for Resource Confirmation and the Loan Facility for Resource Development. The presentations will be given by representatives of TKB and TSKB, the Financial Intermediaries working with the World Bank on this project. This will be followed by a training session on the key environmental, social and greenhouse gas climate change issues in geothermal development projects (exploration and operation), related national legislation and requirements of World Bank, how to manage social and environmental risks impacts in Geothermal projects by drawing on best practices in the sector, the GHG emissions in the Turkey Geothermal Systems and how it changes over time. There will be three presentations from speakers on the environmental, social and greenhouse gas issues and each of them will have a Q&A session. The target audience for the workshop are investors, financial institutions, technical experts, environmental and social specialists.

    The workshop will provide attendees with opportunities to learn about how the World Bank is supporting risk mitigation and project finance.

    The World Bank Group is a multilateral organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., whose members include most of the world's countries. The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA):
    The Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) is a global knowledge and technical assistance program administered by the World Bank. It provides analytical and advisory services to low- and middle-income countries to increase their know-how and institutional capacity to achieve sustainable energy solutions for poverty reduction and economic growth. ESMAP is an integral part of the Energy and Extractives Global Practice of the World Bank.


    Welcome remarks by the chairman
    N.N., World Bank

    Geothermal Development Project: Risk Mitigation Mechanism
    Ruken Öztekin, TKB

    Geothermal Development Project: Presentation on Loan Facility for Resource Development
    Bahadir Kocaker, TKSB (TBC)

    Training session on managing environmental, climate change and social impacts of geothermal projects, including case studies.
    Esra Arikan, Arzu Uraz Thrainn Fridriksson, World Bank


    Arzu Uraz Yavaş

    Bahadır Koçaker

    Esra Arıkan

    Ruken Öztekin

    Thrainn Fridriksson

  • 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

    1st Technical Workshop: Drilling for Geothermal Energy - Challenges and Innovations

    The drilling process is the most important section in accessing geothermal energy. On the one hand it should be fast on the other hand it should also be safe and avoid any problems. This forum will deal with challenges but also with the innovations in drilling geothermal wells.


    Innovations for Integration Drilling and Reservoir Services in Geothermal in Turkey
    Tevfik Kaya, Schlumberger

    Dry Location at Geothermal Drilling
    Bahri Çağdaş Atabey, Bordrill

    Innovations for Integration Drilling and Reservoir Services in Geothermal in Turkey
    Tevfik Kaya, Schlumberger

    Cementing at high temperature
    Benhur Şahin, Pars Anatolian Drilling Solutions

    Directional Drilling Solutions for Geothermal Market
    Özgür Kara, Exodus Drilling Business Development Manager


    Bahri Çağdaş Atabey

    Behnur Şahin

    Özgür Kara

    Tevfik Kaya

  • 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

    Coffee Break

  • 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    The World Bank Workshop (Part II)

    Training session on managing environmental, climate change and social impacts of geothermal projects, including case studies
    Esra Arikan, Arzu Uraz, Thrainn Fridriksson, World Bank


    Closing Remarks


    Arzu Uraz Yavaş

    Esra Arıkan

    Thrainn Fridriksson

  • 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    2nd Technical Workshop: Producing Geothermal Water

    CO2 is the natural lift of most of the geothermal wells in Turkey. However often this lift weakens due to decreasing CO2 contents in the geothermal water. Artificial lift offers possibilities that has to be taken into account for the production of geothermal water.

    This Workshop takes a closer look on this topic from different perspectives.


    Prevention of degassing by successful Line Shaft Pump operation in highly mineralized and CO2 rich brines – experiences from Western Europe
    Dr. Julia Scheiber, Dr. Jörg Baumgärtner, Thomas Hettkamp, Dr. Marion Schindler, Bestec GmbH
    Jack Frost, Ricardo Paredes, FROST Consulting Group

    ESP technologies for low pressure shallow and deep wells in Turkey
    Ali Cenk Kahya, Schlumberger

    ESP Design Fundamentals and Horizontal Surface Pumps
    Efkan F. Elmas, Baker Hughes

    Hydrodynamic aspects of pump selection for geothermal power plants
    Prof. Dr. Erkan Ayder İTÜ Makina Fakültesi, TÜRBOSAN A.Ş


    Ali Cenk Kahya

    Dr. Julia Scheiber

    Efkan Elmas

    Prof.Dr. Erkan Ayder

  • 19:00 -

    Exergy Lounge

    Exergy Lounge

  • 09:00 - 10:30

    Opening Session

    Alexander Richter, President of the International Geothermal Association

    International experience and challenges specific to Turkey
    Thrainn Fridriksson, The World Bank

    Update on renewable energy
    Isaac Angel, CEO of Ormat

    EBRD Geothermal Experience: From MidSEFF to PLUTO. Financing over 35% of the total installed capacity in Turkey
    Deniz Yurtsever


    Alexander Richter

    Deniz Yurtsever

    Dr. Jochen Schneider

    Isaac Angel

    Thrainn Fridriksson

    Ufuk Şentürk

    Yaşar Bahçeci

  • 10:30 - 11:00

    Coffee Break

  • 11:00 - 12:45

    Forum I: Economy and efficiency of geothermal projects: Proposed and true production

    ORC Power Plants have been a proven technology for many years. However, there are challenges, particularly in combination with geothermal heat as energy source. There are the composition of the fluid, the gas contents, the commissioning from economic and technical perspective and the related energy generation process influencing economy and efficiency. This forum therefore looks into the economy and efficiency, as well as proposed and true production.

    Chairman: Dr. Hartwig Schröder, enpros consulting

    Performance Increase in Geothermal Power Plants
    Çığır Diner, Adnan Menderes University / Egesim & Atlas Copco

    Turboden local operations in Turkey
    Simone Passera, Turboden S.p.A.
    Ramya Ramesh, TDPS Europe

    Plant and Resource Management
    Gad Shoshan, Ormat

    Exergys' proven innovation for major plant efficiency and profitability
    Luca Xodo, Exergy SpA


    Çığır Diner

    Dr. Hartwig Schröder

    Gad Shoshan

    Luca Xodo

    Ramya Ramesh

    Simone Passera

  • 11:00 - 12:45

    Forum II: Heat Utilisation in Municipalities

    Geothermal energy provides many possibilities for municipalities: from district heating to cooling, supplying spas with thermal water and even electricity production. However, geothermal district heating is likely the most important, as it helps to improve the air with immediate impact on the health of the population by avoiding exhaust from fossil fired heating systems.


    Jeotermal Kaynaklı Belediyeler
    Yaşar Bahçeci, JKBB, Kırşehir Belediye Başkanı

     Balçova Geothermal District Heating System - 20 Years of Experience
    Prof. Dr. Mahmut Parlaktuna, METU

    Jeotermal Enerjinin Bölgesel Isıtma ve ORC ile Elektrik Üretiminde Uygulamaları
    Yusuf Ulutürk, Genel Müdür, AFJET Afyon Jeotermal

    District heating and cooling in Pullach, Germany
    Alexander Seitz-Gutmann, IEP Pullach

    Integrated Geothermal Energy Applications and Models of Investment Financing
    Tolgay Benderli, Dogan Geothermal Group, Board Member, Head of Energy Group


    Alexander Seitz-Gutmann

    Prof. Dr. Mahmut Parlaktuna

    Tolgay Benderli

    Yaşar Bahçeci

    Yusuf Ulutürk

  • 12:45 - 14:00

    Lunch Break

  • 14:00 - 15:45

    Forum III: World Bank Financing Forum

    Chairwoman: Tamara Sulukhia, The World Bank

    World Bank Turkey Geothermal Development Project
    Sameer Shukla, The World Bank

    Financing of geothermal projects: experiences, main challenges and lessons learnt
    Aysel Göçmen, TKB,
    Aytuğ Öztürk, TSKB

    Financing needs of geothermal developers in Turkey
    Ufuk Şentürk, JESDER

    Risk Mitigation for Geothermal Wells
    Sören Reith, EnBW

    Examples of different financing schemes of various geothermal projects.
    Dr.-Ing. Sven Hartmann, KfW Development Bank


    Aysel Göçmen

    Aytuğ Öztürk

    Dr.-Ing. Sven Hartmann

    Ramya Ramesh

    Sameer Shukla

    Sören Reith

    Tamara Sulukhia

    Ufuk Şentürk

  • 14:00 - 15:45

    Forum IV: Well Testing and Interpretation

    Chairwoman: Prof. Dr. Füsun Tut Haklidir, Bilgi University

    Well completion tests and Geochemistry Studies
    Raziye Şengün, Zorlu Energy Group

    Coil Tubing Operation Technology for Geothermal Well Better Performance in Carbonate Reservoirs
    Ivan Chikunov, Schlumberger

    Importance of well testing on power plant selection
    Umut Barış Ülgen, Sis Enerji


    Ivan Chikunov

    Dr. Füsun Tut Haklidir

    Raziye Şengün

    Umut Barış Ülgen

  • 15:45 - 16:15

    Coffee Break

  • 16:15 - 18:00

    Forum V: CO2 Considerations

    Many Geothermal wells in Turkey have high CO2 contents. This is the motor for them to produce steam and hot water in an artesian outflow. However, often the CO2 is released after the energy production released to the atmosphere.

    Chairwoman: Umut Destegül Solaroglu, Enther Energy

    GHG emissions from geothermal power plants - global experience and the case of Turkey
    Thrainn Fridriksson, The World Bank

    Estimation of Long-Term CO2 Decline During Operation of Geothermal Power Plants
    Prof.Dr. Serhat Akın, METU

    CO2 Solubility on Geothermal Reservoirs
    Sarah Pistone, Standford, Horizon Designs LLC

    Hydro-geochemical properties of geothermal systems and its effect on the system in Turkey
    Prof.Dr. Alper Baba, İzmir Yüksek Teknoloji Üniversitesi


    Prof. Dr. Serhat Akin

    Prof.Dr. Alper Baba

    Sarah Pistone

    Thrainn Fridriksson

    Umut Destegül Solaroğlu

  • 16:15 - 18:00

    Forum VI: Exploration for Geothermal Reservoirs

    Besides the Menderes Graben, there are other promising spots for geothermal energy production in Turkey. This Forum gives insights in the exploration of new reservoirs and their potential.


    Exploration, Integrated multi-physics approach from Gediz graben
    Ivan Guerra, Schlumberger

    Geothermal Exploration and Reservoir Characteristics of Gediz Graben in Western Anatolia
    Füsün Tut Hakklidir, Bilgi University

    Sivrihisar-3 Well: a terrific temperature finding in Cappadocia, Central Anatolia
    Prof. Dr. Naci Gorur, 3S Kale

    The value of three-dimensional resistivity models derived from surface geophysical methods for geothermal exploration
    Prof. Dr. Ahmet T. Başokur, Lemnis Geosciences, Ankara Üniversitesi Jeofizik Mühendisliği Bölümü


    Dr. Ivan Guerra

    Dr. Füsun Tut Haklidir

    Prof. Dr. Naci Görür

    Prof.Dr. Ahmet Tuğrul Başokur


These are pictures from the pre-congress EBRD Workshop, the main IGC Turkey 2016 congress and the field trip to the Menderes Graben.

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  • 22-23 May 2017
    IGC Türkiye 2017 Congress (incl. Workshops)
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  • Bus Transfer to Power Plants
  • Guided Tour at Power Plant I
    Guided Tour at Power Plant II
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