Seyitömer power station

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{{#badges:CoalSwarm|Navbar-Turkeycoal}}Seyitömer power station is a 600-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Kütahya province, Turkey.


The undated satellite photo below shows the plant, which is near Seyitömer village, Kütahya district, Kütahya province.

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Background on Plant

The four units of the 600-MW Seyitömer coal-fired power station were opened between 1973 and 1989. In early 2013 Turkey's Privatization Authority sold the operating rights of the plant for $2.25 billion to the Turkish company Çelikler Insaat.[1][2][3]

In April 2014, 11 people were injured after police used tear gas against a workers protesting layoffs at the newly-privatized plant, and 20 workers were arrested.[4][5]

Environmental impact

In February 2019 the Right to Clean Air Platform, a coalition of 17 professional organizations and NGOs, successfully campaigned to stop the Turkish Parliament from delaying stronger air pollution requirements for old coal plants from 2019 until 2021.[6] The delay would have allowed Seyitömer to continue to operate without a desulphurization system or modernised dust filters.[7] In November 2019 the Turkish Parliament approved a bill to extend the deadline for stronger emissions standards to 2021.[8] However on Dec. 2, 2019 President and Justice and Development Party (AKP) Chair Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vetoed the bill and said this veto was motivated by "environmental sensitivity".[9]

As a result, Seyitömer and other privatised coal power plants that have not completed the required infrastructure including filtration system must complete these requirements beginning Jan. 1, 2020 or these plants will face closure and/or fines.[10]

Plant Details

  • Sponsor: Çelikler Seyitömer Elektrik Üretim A.Ş.[11]
  • Parent company: Çelikler Holding
  • Location: Seyitömer village, Kütahya district, Kütahya province, Turkey
  • Coordinates: 39.574254, 29.882337 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Gross capacity: 600 MW
  • Type: Subcritical[12]
  • In service: 1973, 1974, 1977, 1989[3]
  • Coal type: Lignite
  • Coal source: Seyitömer coal mine, Turkey
  • Source of financing: İş Bankası, Vakıfbank, Halkbank, Ziraat, Deniz Bank [13]
  • WRI ID: WRI1018711
  • EBC ID: TR-18

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