Çırpılar coal mine

From Global Energy Monitor

The Çırpılar coal mine was a propsoed surface mine, operated by Taşzemin İnşaat, a subsidiary of Taşyapı Group, set to produce on 3.5 million tonnes per annum, for the proposed Çırpılar power station in Çanakkale province, Turkey.


The map below shows the location of Çırpılar, the approximate location where the mine and plant would be built in Çanakkale province.

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Background of Project

The Çırpılar mine is part of a project that also includes a power plant with the same name that it is meant to feed near Çırpılar, Turkey. The plant is projected to require 3.5 million tonnes of lignite per year to produce 200MW. The mine is proposed as a open-pit lignite (brown coal) mine that would cover an area of 845 hectares. A storage unit for up to 465,000 tonnes of coal would cover an additional 36.5 hectares. The project is near the Mount Ida national park.[1]

The plant was proposed as 150 MW in 2014.[2] The EIA process for a 200 MW plant began in 2015.[3]

The site of the project is designated as agricultural land, which does not allow construction projects. The Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock can change the official designation of the land but the change is contingent upon the approval of the EIA by the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization. In 2015, Taşzemin İnşaat submitted the first EIA for the project. In December 2016, the Soil Protection Council of Çanakkale considered the project inappropriate, because water srouces for irrigated agricultures were designated as the source of cooling water for the plant. However the Soil Protection Council changed its mind by July 2017, releasing a new decision stating that the project was not inappropriate, despite lack of any change in the plan. The project sponsor included the Council's new decision in the EIA. After the project’s evaluation and assessment meeting was announced in 2017, a coalition of citizens and NGOs mobilized to resist the project. 65 of the 75 mayors in the district submitted letters of objection, and a petition by the TEMA Foundation collected over 50 thousand signatures to cancel the project. The meeting was delayed until 13 September 2017.[1]

In June 2018 the project received a positive EIA.[4]


Residents protest Çırpılar coal plant[5]

In July 2018 a lawsuit to have the EIA invalidated on the grounds that the project's impact on human health and local agriculture had not been fully considered was filed by the TEMA Foundation, the Society for the Protection of Natural and Cultural Heritage of Kazdaı, and the Chamber of Agricultural Engineers.[4] In April 2019 the organizations North Forest Defense (KOS), Kosuyolu Environment Volunteers and Yenice Solidarity staged a protest march to the plant's construction site in Çırpılar.[5] In October 2019 the plant's positive EIA was criticized by Kazdağları Deputy Mayor Rebiye Ünüvar and other local officials, who argued that the plant's negative impact on the region's agriculture and ecology had not been accurately assessed.[6]

In April 2020, the conclusion to the lawsuit brought by Turkish groups in 2018 saw the project's EIA being cancelled. The Çanakkale Administrative court ruled that the proposed power plant would negatively affect forests and the environment.[7] The Council of State rejected an appeal against the cancellation of the EIA, affirming that the project could not go ahead.[8]

Mine Details

  • Sponsor: Taşzemin İnşaat
  • Parent company: Taşyapı Grup
  • Location: Çırpılar, Çanakkale province, Turkey
  • Coordinates: 39.816777, 27.339752 (approximate)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Production: 3.5 MTPA
  • Reserves: 64.7 MT
  • Coal type: Lignite
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Çırpılar coal-fired power plant," BankTrack, accessed Sep 2017
  2. "Çırpılar Termik Santrali için ÇED süreci başladı," Enerji Günlüğü, 15 February 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 Çırpılar Thermal Power Plant project to appeal the decision of the EIA, Sözcü, Jul. 30, 2018
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Geleceğimizi Tehlikeye Atan Çırpılar Termik Santrali Projesi Rafa Kaldırılmalı", Bianet, Apr. 12, 2019
  6. Çırpılar için bilirkişi incelemesi yapıldı, Çannakale Olay, Oct. 21, 2019
  7. EIA approval to Çırpılar Thermal Power Plant is cancelled, Yeşil Gazete, Apr. 27, 2020
  8. "Çırpılar Köyü Kurtuldu". Magma. February 4, 2021. Retrieved June 17, 2021.

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