Çan (18 Mart) power station

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Çan (18 Mart) power station is an operating power station of at least 320-megawatts (MW) in Yaya, Çan, Çanakkale, Türkiye.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Çan (18 Mart) power station Yaya, Çan, Çanakkale, Türkiye 40.02324, 26.976837 (exact)

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Unit-level coordinates (WGS 84):

  • Unit 2, Unit 1: 40.02324, 26.976837

Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology Start year Retired year
Unit 2 operating coal - lignite 160 subcritical 2003
Unit 1 operating coal - lignite 160 subcritical 2003

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner
Unit 2 Electricity Generation Company (Türkiye) AŞ (EÜAŞ) [100.0%]
Unit 1 Electricity Generation Company (Türkiye) AŞ (EÜAŞ) [100.0%]


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]

In December 2022, a news story highlighted the detrimental impacts that the Çan (18 Mart) power station and Çan-2 power station were having on the local community: "When I come home in the evening, my shoes are covered with ash. You take them off, ash scatters, you wash your hands, mud flows. You hang the laundry, it's all black (Google translate)." According to the Çan Environment Association, pollution from the plants had devastated the soil, air and water. They also claimed that the population "all" had chronic respiratory illness and were forced to either migrate or utilize breathing machines for children. For the workers of the power stations, conditions were poor, shifts were up to 12 hours long and inspections were not conducted consistently.[11]

In January 2023, the recently-elected Çanakkale IYI Party Member of Parliament added questions regarding the harm caused by 18 Mart and other thermal power plants to the assembly agenda. Specifically, he posed questions about water quality, particulate matter, power station inspections, and impacts on agriculture. He stated (Google translate): "Our concerns about these situations that threaten the health of our people and the sustainability of the natural environment are increasing day by day. We request the support of the Parliament to discuss these situations that affect the quality of life of our people, to take the necessary measures and to offer solutions. However, a comprehensive research on the environmental effects of thermal power plants and effective measures should be taken in line with the findings. It is important to inform our people about this issue, to include them in the participation processes and to protect their right to live in a healthy environment."[12]

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