Eskişehir Alpu power station

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Eskişehir Alpu power station is a proposed 1080-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Eskişehir province, Turkey.


The map below shows the location of Alpu district, the location where the plant would be built in Eskişehir province.

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Background on Plant

In May 2013, a study by Turkey's General Directorate of Mining Affairs (Maden İşletmeleri Genel Müdürlüğü, or MİGEM) concluded that the Alpu district of Eskişehir province holds over 900 million tons of coal reserves. MİGEM announced plans to find a developer for a 300 MW coal-fired power plant in Alpu district.[1][2][3] It was planned for operation in 2019,[4] with plans to expand up to 6000 MW.[5]


Privatization tendering of the power station and Eskişehir Alpu Coal fields was due to be completed in January 2018[6] but has been postponed for the third time and is now due 15 August.[7] According to Selahattin Anaç, the former general manager of TKI, it is unclear whether the exploratory drilling data is to international (CORK) standards. He also said that to work 3 or 4 seams to produce homogeneous coal would be costly.[8]

Capacity and cost

It is reported that the installed capacity of the power plant will be 1,080 MW (3 x 360 MW) and that the total investment cost of the project is expected to be approximately US$1.8 billion.[9] Future expansion up to 7GW is said to be possible, however the very wet local coal could result in extra operational and maintenance costs and pollution.[10] The Chamber of Electrical Engineers states that, due to a 15 year government purchase guarantee, the total cost of electricity from the plant could amount to 5.8 million US dollars (21.8 million lira) and that that would be a bad deal compared to renewable energy.[11]


Months of protests in 2017 and 2018 included statues in gas masks, rap music, and a convoy of hundreds of tractors.[12] The mayor spoke out against the plant,[13] and in January 2018 the MP for the main opposition party joined a human chain formed in protest.[14]

Environmental Impact

The EIA was approved in March 2018 but is being contested in court on multiple grounds.[15]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: TBD
  • Parent company:
  • Location: Alpu district, Eskişehir province, Turkey
  • Coordinates: 39.77, 30.97 (approximate)
  • Status: Announced
  • Detailed status: EIA approved but being contested in court
  • Gross capacity: 1080 MW (Units 1-3: 360 MW)
  • Type:
  • Projected in service:
  • Coal type: Lignite
  • Coal source: Eskişehir Alpu lignite mine, Turkey
  • CO2 Emissions per year: 8 million tons[16]
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. Alpu'da 1 Milyar Ton Kömür Rezervi Bulundu, Gazete A24, May 8, 2013.
  2. Eskişehir'e İkinci Termik Santral Yolda, 2 Eylül, June 12, 2013.
  3. Eskişehir Alpu, Kara Atlas, accessed Mar. 2014.
  4. 2015-2019 Strategic Plan,, 2015
  5. "MADEN tüm maden haberleri... Yeni rezevler, Türkiye'yi kömürden vazgeçirmiyor,", Dec 22, 2014.
  6. Elektrik Üretim AŞ`ye Ait Taşınmazların (Kömür Rezerv Alanı ile Bu Rezerve Dayalı Santralin ve Diğer Varlıkların Yapılacağı Alanların) Özelleştirme İhale İlanı,Privatization Administration, September 2017
  7. Alpu Termik Santrali ihalesi 3. kez ertelendi, yeşilgazete, 24 April 2018
  8. "Anaç: EÜAŞ ve TKİ sistem içinde kalmalı", Enerji Günlüğü, 5 May 2018
  9. Haluk Direskeneli, Turkey: Eskişehir Alpu Coal Fields And 1080 New Thermal Power Plant – Analysis, Eurasia Review, October 2017
  10. Eskişehir Alpu Coal Fields and 1080 MWe New Thermal Power Plant Project, TESPAM, October 2017
  11. "Alım garantili SPE'nin faturası ağır" ," Gerçek Gündem, Feb 6, 2018
  12. Turkey’s coal dependency triggers creative protest in Eskişehir, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, January 2018
  13. Büyükerşen: Termik santral Eskişehir için bir cinayettir, evrensel, December 2017
  14. [h Eskişehir’de kömürlü termik santrale karşı zincir oluşturuldu,] Hürriyet, January 2018
  15. Eskişehir kömürlü termik santrali yargıya taşıdı, Turizm Haberleri, 28 March 2018
  16. Eskişehir Alpu Ovası’nda “çevre” cinayeti,BirGün, Dec 21 2017

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