Şırnak Silopi power station

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{{#badges:CoalSwarm|Navbar-Turkeycoal}}Şırnak Silopi power station is a 405-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Şırnak province, Turkey.


The undated satellite photo below shows the plant, which is near Selçık village, Silopi district, Şırnak province.

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Background on Plant

In 2003, Silopi Elektrik (a subsidiary of Ciner Group) proposed to build a three-unit, 405-MW, $800 million coal-fired power plant in Turkey's southeastern Şırnak province. Construction began in 2006. The first 135-MW unit went online in March 2013, in a ceremony that was attended by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Energy Minister Taner Yildiz.[1][2][3]

Unit 2 went online May 8, 2015, and unit 3 on December 22, 2015.[4]


The project was met with protests — most notably in August 2007, when thousands rallied in Sliopi against the project.[5] Protests have continued, occurring as recently as April 2014.[6]

Worker's strike

In September 2013, 400 workers at the plant went on strike.[7][8]

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.[9] The delay would have allowed Şırnak Silopi to continue to operate without a desulphurization system or modernised dust filters.[10]

Project Details

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 Silopi Elektrik Üretim A.Ş., Ciner Group website, accessed May 2014.
  2. "Elektrik üretimi, doğalgaz ithalatını kısıtlıyor", HaberTürk Ekonomi, Mar. 9, 2013.
  3. Silopi Elektrik, Park Holding, accessed Nov 2015
  4. "Company profile," Silopi Elektrik, accessed May 2016
  5. "Silopi'nin Sağlığı Türkiye'nin Sağlığıdır", Bianet, Aug. 28, 2007.
  6. Silopi ve Şırnak'ta planlanan termik santraller protesto edildi, Fırat Haber Ajansı, Apr. 26, 2014.
  7. Silopi'de termik santral işçileri iş bıraktı, Ilke Haber, Sept. 18, 2013.
  8. Silopi'de 400 termik santral işçisi iş bıraktı, Haber 7, Sept. 18, 2013.
  9. Step forward for health protection in Turkey: Proposal to extend the pollution exemptions given to privatised coal power plants withdrawn, Health And Environment Alliance, Feb. 15, 2019
  10. Turkish Parliament will vote about polluting coal power plants next week, Health And Environment Alliance, Feb. 1, 2019
  11. "SILOPI ELECTRIC," accessed Feb 2018
  12. "Coal & Climate Change - 2017," Önder Algedik, Aug 2017

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