Albayrak Varaka Paper power station

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Albayrak Varaka Paper power station is an operating power station of at least 40-megawatts (MW) in Pasakoy, Belikisir, Türkiye.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Albayrak Varaka Paper power station Pasakoy, Belikisir, Türkiye 39.5595, 27.9695 (exact)

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Unit-level coordinates (WGS 84):

  • Unit 1: 39.5594741, 27.9695355

Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology Start year Retired year
Unit 1 operating - 40 MW - - -

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner Parent
Unit 1 Varaka Paper Albayrak Group

Project-level captive use details

  • Captive industry use (heat or power): Power
  • Captive industry: Pulp & paper


  • Source of financing:

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]

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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