Çan (18 Mart) power station

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Çan (18 Mart) power station also known as "18 Mart Çan Termik Santrali" is a 320-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Çanakkale province, Turkey.


The undated satellite photo below shows the plant, which is near Yaya village, Çan district, Çanakkale province. The Çan-2 power station is being built adjacent to it.

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Background on Plant

The coal plant consısts of two 160 MW units,[1] The construction of the plant started in 2000, and it has been operational since 2006. The plant is owned and operated by EÜAŞ.[2]

Environmental and Social Impact

In February 2019 the Right to Clean Air Platform, a coalition of 17 professional organizations and NGOs, successfully campaigned to stop the Turkish Parliament from delaying stronger air pollution requirements for old coal plants from 2019 until 2021.[3] The delay would have allowed Çan-1 to continue to operate without a desulphurization system or modernised dust filters.[4] In January 2020 it was reported that the plant was in compliance with Environmental Law 2872 and would be allowed to continue operating.[5] As of May 2020 the plant was operating with a "temporary activity certificate" that will allow it to continue operating until January 2021 despite its failure to comply with filtration requirements under Environmental Law 2872.[6] In May 2020 Greenpeace applied to the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization to shut down Çan-1 and eight other plants not in compliance with Environmental Law 2872 due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the correlation between fine particulate pollution and higher mortality rates from Covid-19.[6][7]

In September 2020 EÜAŞ signed a contract to install a wet flue gas desulphurization system that would reduce the plant's emissions of sulfur dioxide.[8] A July 2021 report by Climate Change Policy and Research Association found that the plant was not in compliance with flue gas emissions standards when its Temporary Operating Certificat (GHB) expired in March 2021.[9]

In March 2022, the plant was criticized for arbitrarily firing 5 station employees without notice or reason. It was noted that the job market in Çanakkale was relatively weak, and that the terminations, which occurred over email, were unjust.[10]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: EÜAŞ
  • Parent company: Government of Turkey
  • Location: Yaya village, Çan district, Çanakkale province, Turkey
  • Coordinates: 40.02023, 26.97560 (approximate)
  • Status: Operating
  • Gross capacity: 320 MW (Units 1&2: 160 MW)
  • Start year: 2006
  • Type: Subcritical
  • Coal type: Lignite
  • Coal source: Çan lignite mine
  • Source of financing:
  • WRI ID: WRI1018717
  • EBC ID: TR-12

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