Albayrak Varaka Paper power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Albayrak Varaka Paper power station is an operating 42-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Pasakoy, Belikisir province, Turkey.


The satellite photo below shows the plant at the Albayrak Varaka paper mill in Paşaköy, Balıkesir province, Turkey.

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Background on Plant

The project started in 2015 when the CEO of Albayrak Paper Group Ahmet Tasci announced that the company was planning to build an "energy unit" within the Albayrak Varaka Paper plant to power the plant's operations. Tasci assured that the unit would not amount to a power plant, and that an EIA was not necessary because of its small size.[1] However, within the same month the capacity of the proposed "energy unit" was increased from 20 MWt to 140 MWt, and the company applied for an EIA.[2] Local residents, NGOs and business associations took the proposed unit to court asking for the EIA to be cancelled, but their case was rejected by the Balikesir Administrative Court in August 2017. The case was then transferred to the 14th Chamber of the Council of State. The Council found the EIA insufficient, and re-started the EIA process.[3] Construction was completed and the plant started production in October 2019.[4]

Project Details

  • Sponsor:
  • Parent company: Albayrak Varaka Paper power station
  • Location: Pasakoy, Belikisir province, Turkey
  • Coordinates: 39.5594741, 27.9695355 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Detailed status:
  • Gross capacity: 40 MW
  • Type:
  • Projected in service:
  • Coal type: Lignite
  • Coal source:
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. "Taşçi'dan Açiklama 'Kağit Fabrikasi Olacak'". Merhaba. July 25, 2015.
  2. "Balıkesir TMMOB'dan Kandırıldık Açıklaması". Haberler. August 13, 2015.
  3. "Varaka'nin Enerji Santrali Bilirkişiye Havale". Politikam. May 25, 2018.
  4. OMC has completed 40 MW Varaka Thermal Power Plant Insulation Works, OMC, Oct. 2, 2019

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