Teyo Tufanbeyli power station

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Teyo Tufanbeyli power station is a cancelled power station in Pınarlar, Tufanbeyli, Adana, Türkiye. It is also known as Adana TKI power station.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Teyo Tufanbeyli power station Pınarlar, Tufanbeyli, Adana, Türkiye 38.2299, 36.2481 (approximate)

The map below shows the approximate location of the power station.

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Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology Start year Retired year
Unit 2 cancelled coal - lignite 350 circulating fluidized bed
Unit 1 cancelled coal - lignite 350 circulating fluidized bed

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner
Unit 2 Teyo Yatırım ve Dış Ticaret AŞ [100.0%]
Unit 1 Teyo Yatırım ve Dış Ticaret AŞ [100.0%]


In June 2012, Turkish investment firm Teyo Yatırım ve Dış Ticaret A.Ş and Chinese investment firm Weiqu Energy Investments won a bid from Turkish Coal Enterprises (TKİ) to build a 700-MW, $1.2-billion mine-to-mouth coal-fired power plant at TKİ's coal mine in the Tufanbeyli district of Turkey's Adana province.[1][2]

In August 2013, the EIA reports for mine and plant were submitted[3] and received approvals from the Ministry of Environment & Urban Development in April 2014.[4][2]

On July 4, 2017 Ankara 18th Administrative Court heard a motion filed by İsmail Hakkı Atal, a lawyer, to have the plant's EIA cancelled on the grounds that environmental factors had not been adequately considered.[5]

On November 20, 2017, Teyo signed the formal general contract agreement with Power Construction Co-Corporation of China (Power China). The contract work would be jointly implemented by SGCC and Power China. Shandong Electric Power Construction Corporation, subsidiary of SGCC will undertake the EPC works on the project.[6]

In June 2018 it was reported that the investment required was $900 million and that TEYO will pay 50 million dollars royalty annually to TKI.[7]

As of December 2020, there had not been any update on the plant or mining process, and the online generation license had been taken down from the EMRA website and was not accessible. As of December 2022, with no apparent news in over four years, the project appeared to be cancelled.

Social effects

Rents have reportedly skyrocketed in the town of Tufanbeyli since the beginning of the development of two coal plants in the area.[8]


In April 2011, villagers near the Tufanbeyli power plant protested against the production of the plant. Villages included Yamanli, Kayarcik, and Yesilova villages in Tufanbeyli District of Adana. They claimed that 100,000 acres of agricultural land would be damaged and held banners saying “No to the Thermal Power Plant.”[9]

In January of 2015, Mustafa Arikanoglu, CHP Provincial Youth Branch President, made expressed how Turkish workers at the Tufanbeyli power plant should be benefiting in jobs. Instead, he alleged that the power plant was bringing workers from abroad, such as from Thailand, Philippines, and South Korea. He claims that over 800 workers were unlawafully fired before their contract period expired.[10]

In 2017, Önder Algedik published a “Coal and Climate Change 2017 report,” which discussed how coal plants, like the Tufanbeyli power plant, may cause “more irreparable damages” to Turkey in the future.[11]

The environmental attorney, Ismail Hakki Atal, emphasized the extreme climatic events that would result from the Tufanbeyli power plant at the license revocation case at Ankara’s 18th Administration Court. The Court allowed for the production of the Tufanbeyli plant to continue, so Atal is waiting for the appeal of allowing the production to occur.[12] Multiple Turkish cities and towns had made applications for information about coal plant projects and their environmental impact, including the Tufanbeyli plant.[13]

In February 2019, the Air Pollution & Climate Secretariat (AirClim) published a report by Fredrik Lundberg, an energy policy specialist in Sweden. He urged for the stop of production of coal power plants, including the Tufanbeyli plant.[14] Banktrack also called for the banks and other financial institutions involved with the Tufanbeyli power plant should stop their funding immediately.[15]

Articles and Resources


  1. Lignite Coal Plant to Be Built, Hürriyet Daily News, June 26, 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 A POWERPLANT PROJECT IN ADANA TUFANBEYLI REGION, Teyo Yatırım website, accessed Feb. 2018.
  3. environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the coal mine; and crushing, screening and washing plant, TEYO, Aug. 2013.
  4. Teyo`nun Tufanbeyli Santrali için önemli adım, Enerji Günlügü, 3 Jan. 2014.
  5. Evidence of climate change case, Hurriyet, Oct. 30, 2018.
  6. "Teyo – Tufanbeyli Coal-Fired Power Plant 700 MW – Adana - Project Profile," Report Buyer, November 2017
  7. Çinliler Tufanbeyli’de!, Barış, 7 June 2018.
  8. 5 bin nüfuslu ilçede ev kiraları İstanbul ile yarışıyor, Zaman, 22 Aug. 2013
  9. “Thermal Power Plant Protest in Tufanbeyli”, Haberler, Translated by Google, April 17, 2011.
  10. “Dismissal of workers in Tufanbeyli Thermal Power Plant construction protested”, Haber 3, Translated by Google, January 31, 2015.
  11. “Coal and Climate Change 2017 Report”, Önder Algedik, Translated by Google December 9, 2017.
  12. “Climate change case evidence”, Hurriyet, October 30, 2018.
  13. “Response to 56 Applications to Obtain Information from MoEU”, Ecology Collective, Translated by Google, April 9, 2018.
  14. “Phasing out coal in Europe by 2025”, AirClim, Feburary 2019.
  15. “Tufanbeyli coal power plant”, Banktrack, 2021.

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