Hilmi Güler

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Hilmi Güler
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Hilmi Güler at the World Economic Forum on Europe and Central Asia in Istanbul
Minister of Energy and Natural Resources
In office
18 November 2002 – 1 May 2009
Prime Minister Abdullah Gül
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Preceded by Zeki Çakan
Succeeded by Taner Yıldız
Member of the Grand National Assembly
In office
3 November 2002 – 12 June 2011
Constituency Ordu (2002, 2007)
Personal details
Born 1946
Ordu, Turkey
Nationality Turkish
Political party Justice and Development Party (AKP)
Alma mater Middle East Technical University
Profession Politician

Mehmet Hilmi Güler (born 1946, Ordu, Turkey) is a Turkish politician and metallurgical engineer. He was the Energy and Natural Resources Minister of Turkey in 2002-2009. He served as the general director of the Machines and Chemical Industries Board (MKEK) and Etibank. He was a founding member of the currently ruling AKP.

Education[edit]

Güler graduated from the Department of Metallurgy at the Middle East Technical University and worked as a project engineer and group chairman at TUSAŞ Aerospace Industries (TAİ). He went on to an academic career as deputy chairman of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK).

Political career[edit]

As energy minister as well as the day-to-day running of this important department dealing with Turkey's gas, electricity requirements he has had to deal with a number of issues including:

  • Privatisation of Turkey's energy sector
  • Enquiries into the corruption allegations against the previous (ANAP)government concerning the deal it made to purchase natural gas from Russia, the Blue Stream agreement.
  • Negotiating other natural gas purchases with countries including Iran.
  • Plans, sponsored by Güler, to build three nuclear power stations in Turkey.
  • Continued oil exploration and investment in hydro-electric power.
  • A strategy for the mining of boron, of which Turkey is the world's largest producer

Personal life[edit]

He is married and has two children.

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