Çan (18 Mart) power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Çan (18 Mart) power station also known as "18 Mart Çan Termik Santrali" is a 320-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Çanakkale province, Turkey.


The undated satellite photo below shows the plant, which is near Yaya village, Çan district, Çanakkale province. The Çan-2 power station is being built adjacent to it.

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Background on Plant

The coal plant consısts of two 160 MW units,[1] The construction of the plant started in 2000, and it has been operational since 2006. The plant is owned and operated by EÜAŞ.[2]

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.[3] The delay would have allowed Çan-1 to continue to operate without a desulphurization system or modernised dust filters.[4] In January 2020 it was reported that the plant was in compliance with Environmental Law 2872 and would be allowed to continue operating.[5] As of May 2020 the plant was operating with a "temporary activity certificate" that will allow it to continue operating until January 2021 despite its failure to comply with filtration requirements under Environmental Law 2872.[6] In May 2020 Greenpeace applied to the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization to shut down Çan-1 and eight other plants not in compliance with Environmental Law 2872 due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the correlation between fine particulate pollution and higher mortality rates from Covid-19.[6][7]

In September 2020 EÜAŞ signed a contract to install a wet flue gas desulphurization system that would reduce the plant's emissions of sulfur dioxide.[8]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: EÜAŞ
  • Parent company: Government of Turkey
  • Location: Yaya village, Çan district, Çanakkale province, Turkey
  • Coordinates: 40.02023, 26.97560 (approximate)
  • Status: Operating
  • Gross capacity: 320 MW (Units 1&2: 160 MW)
  • Start year: 2006
  • Type: Subcritical
  • Coal type: Lignite
  • Coal source: Çan lignite mine
  • Source of financing:
  • WRI ID: WRI1018717
  • EBC ID: TR-12

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