Bolu Göynük power station

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Bolu Göynük power station sometimes referred to as "Aksa Göynük power station" is a 270-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Bolu province, Turkey.

Location

The undated satellite photo below shows the plant, which is near Göynük town, Göynük district, Bolu province.

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Background on Plant

The two-unit, 270-MW, $320-million Bolu Göynük power station was built by Aksa Enerji, Turkey’s biggest non-government power producer. Construction on the plant began in July 2012.[1][2]

In its 2012 activity report, Aksa Energy stated that it has an agreement with the General Directorate of Turkish Coal to source coal for the plant from a mine in the Bolu-Goynuk coalfield, and that the plant was going to be operational in 2014-2015.[3]

The first 135 MW unit of the station started operations in July 2015, and the second 135 MW unit in January 2016. [4]

In 2021 the plant received a "zero waste" certification from the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization.< ref name=yirmi/>

Aksa Enerji has stated in its 2020 activity report that local residents are prioritized for employment in the plant.< ref name=yirmi/>

Financing

In December 2012, a financing agreement for the project was closed. US$240 million in loans was provided by Garanti Bank and Isbankasi. US$80 million in equity was provided by Aksa Group.[5]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Aksa Enerji
  • Parent company: Kazancı Holding
  • Location: Göynük town, Göynük district, Bolu province, Turkey
  • Coordinates: 40.2514, 30.8129 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Gross capacity: 270 MW (Units 1-2: 135 MW)
  • Type: Subcritical
  • In service: 2015
  • Coal type: Lignite
  • Coal source: Bolu Göynük coal mine, Turkey
  • Source of financing: US$240 million in debt from Garanti Bank and Isbankasi;[1][5] US$80 million in equity from Aksa Group[5]
  • WRI ID: WRI1018719
  • EBC ID: TR-11

Opposition

In 2017, Önder Algedik published a “Coal and Climate Change 2017 report,” which discussed how coal plants, like the Bolu Göynük power plant, may cause “more irreparable damages” to Turkey in the future.[6]

Multiple Turkish cities and towns had made applications for information about coal plant projects and their environmental impact, including the Bolu Göynük plant.[7]

On December 24, 2019, the Munzur Environmental Culture and Solidarity Association posted to express concern over the production of coal plants in Turkey, including the Bolu Göynük plant. The concern was primarily over how “the country does not need the power plants to produce more” energy or electricity.[8]

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 Bolu Göynük plant.[9]

Articles and resources

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Aksa Builds $319 Million Coal-Fired Plant With Bank Loans" Bloomberg, July 13, 2012.
  2. Aksa Bolu Göynük Termik Santrali Temel Atma Töreni, Aksa Enerji press release, July 13, 2012.
  3. Aksa Energy, "Aksa Enerji 2012 Faaliyet Raporu", Aksa,page 43.
  4. Aksa Energy, "Aksa Enerji 2020 Faaliyet Raporu", Aksa
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Preview of Aksa Bolu Goynuk Thermal Power Plant (270MW) | Transaction | IJGlobal". ijglobal.com. Retrieved 2020-12-15.
  6. “Coal and Climate Change 2017 Report”, Önder Algedik, Translated by Google, December 9, 2017.
  7. “Response to 56 Applications to Obtain Information from MoEU”, Ecology Collective, Translated by Google, April 9, 2018.
  8. “Facebook Post”, Munzur Environmental Culture and Solidarity Association, Translated by Google, December 24, 2019.
  9. “Phasing out coal in Europe by 2025”, AirClim, Feburary 2019.

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