Atlas Enerji İskenderun power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Atlas Enerji İskenderun power station is a 1,200-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Hatay province, Turkey. This power station supplies two steel plants that are also operated by Diler Holding, Diler iron and steel plant and Yacizi Iron and Steel plant.


The undated satellite photo below shows the plant's site, which is in the İskenderun 1st Organized Industrial Zone (OSB), near Azganlık village, İskenderun district, Hatay province.

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Background on Plant

In December 2008, Atlas Enerji Üretim A.Ş. (a subsidiary of Diler Holding) received environmental permits to build the two-unit, 1,200-MW, $1.2 billion coal-fired Atlas Enerji İskenderun power station in Turkey's Hatay province.[1][2] Construction on the plant began in 2011.[3] In 2013, there was controversy over whether or not the plant would employ union workers.[4]

Unit 1 was commissioned in August 2014 and unit 2 in December 2014. The company states that flue gas emission values are reported to the Energy Ministry in real time.[5][6]


Loan financing for the project was provided by Garanti Bank and Akbank and Isbankasi.[7]

Legal challenge to plant's license

In November 2018, Eastern Mediterranean Environment Associations (DAÇE) filed a lawsuit to have the plant's operating license revoked on the grounds that impact studies used for licensure were incomplete and inadequate.[8] In December 2018 the 13th Chamber of the Council of State rejected the lawsuit. In September 2020 The Board of Administrative Courts at the Council of State revoked the chamber's rejection, and ordered that the lawsuit should be considered.[9]

In September 2020, a coalition of 16 professional associations and NGOs filed a lawsuit against the presidency, asking for the closure of 37 power plants including the Atlas Enerji Iskenderun power station. The lawsuit cited that the negative environmental and health effect of these plants have exacerbated the impact of Covid-19.[10]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Atlas Enerji Üretim A.Ş.
  • Parent company: Diler Holding
  • Location: İskenderun 1st Organized Industrial Zone (OSB), Azganlık village, İskenderun district, Hatay province, Turkey
  • Coordinates: 36.69028, 36.20909 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Gross capacity: 1,200 MW (Units 1-2: 600 MW)
  • Type: Supercritical[3]
  • In service: 2014
  • Coal type:
  • Coal source: Imported
  • Source of financing: Garanti Bank and Akbank and Isbankasi[7]
  • WRI ID: WRI1018705
  • EBC ID: TR-2

Articles and resources


  1. Atlas Enerji, Kara Atlas, accessed Mar. 2014.
  2. [1], Emlakkulisi, Mar. 24, 2011.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Atlas Energy, Diler Holding website, accessed Mar. 2014.
  4. Bakış, Medyatik. Atlas Enerji ve Sendikalaşma, Haber Türkiye, Mar. 11, 2013.
  5. "2 X 600 MW ATLAS ISKENDERUN THERMAL POWER PLANT" Diler Holding website, accessed Dec. 2017
  6. "Atlas Enerji- Diler Termik Santrali'nin inşaatı tamamlandı!", January 13, 2015
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Project due diligence including feasibility assessment, market review and project competitiveness for a power plant in Turkey" (PDF). June 2010.
  8. Kanser 5 yılda yüzde bin 200 arttı, Oda TV, Dec. 3, 2018
  9. Eroglu, Dogu (September 7, 2020). "İskenderun Körfezi'nde termik santral davaları: Danıştay tekrar "Kümülatif etki incelemesi esastır" dedi". Medyascope.
  10. Akdemir, Ozer (September 7, 2020). "37 termik santralin kapatılması için dava açıldı". Evrensel.

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