Çerkezköy power station

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{{#badges:CoalSwarm|Navbar-Turkeycoal}}Çerkezköy power station, previously known as Kırklareli Vize power station, is a proposed 990-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Tekirdağ province, Turkey.


The plant was planned for Pınar near Kapaklı district of Çerkezköy town.[1]

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Background on Plant

In February 2017 it was reported that Turkey's Electricity Generation Corporation (EÜAŞ) has proposed putting out for bid a 500 MW coal plant in Çerkezköy town, Çerkezköy district.[2]

In November 2017 the license application for the power station was listed as 3 x 330 MW.[3]

In October 2017, EÜAŞ decided that there would be public expropriation for the plant. In response, Greenpeace and local lawyers opened a lawsuit opposing the decision. In December 2017, the lawsuit was decided in favor of the opponents of the plant. The state council decides against the public expropriation. EÜAŞ then changed the location of the project and reapplied for a new EIA. In response, opponents initiated a new lawsuit.[4]

As of 2018 studies of the coalfield's investment potential continue.[5]

In December 2018 the government of Tekirdağ province announced that the plant had been cancelled due to "technical" reasons.[6] However, this decision has not yet been reflected in the plant's permit process. According to CAN Europe the plant remains in pre-permit development.[7]

Proposal for Istanbul

A 500 MW coal plant was also considered for siting in Silivri, Istanbul Province, by Turkey's EÜAŞ.[8] In June 2017, local resident staged demonstrations against a proposed plant in Silivri, objecting to the pollution impacts. The project developer is seeking 1000 hectares of forested land, which is an important regional water catchment. The mayor of Cerkozkoy and the Union of Chambers of Engineers and Architects are pursuing legal challenges against the project.[9] However, one of Çerkezköy's three units will be in Istanbul territory.


In January 2018 a packed information meeting on the Çerkezköy EIAwas cancelled due to protests against the proposed plant.[10]

In spring 2018 protests continued over feared negative effects on agriculture, health and the environment.[11][12]


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 5.4 million US dollars (20.3 million lira) and that that would be a bad deal compared to renewable energy.[13]

Forecast deaths

Over 5,000 premature deaths are predicted from PM2.5 and NO2 alone if the plant lasted 40 years.[14]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Electricity Generation Corporation (EÜAŞ)
  • Parent company: TBD
  • Location: Çerkezköy town, Çerkezköy district, Tekirdağ Province, Turkey
  • Coordinates: 41.283333, 28 (approximate)
  • Status: Pre-permit development
  • Gross capacity: 990 MW (Units 1-3: 330 MW)
  • Type:
  • Projected in service:
  • Coal type: Lignite
  • Coal source:
  • Source of financing:

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