Cenal power station
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Cenal power station, also known as Karabiga Cenal power station, is a 1,320-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Çanakkale province, Turkey.
The undated satellite photo below shows the plant near Karabiga town, Biga district, Çanakkale province.
Background on Plant
Cenal Elektrik (a joint venture between Cengiz Holding and Alarko Holding) built a two-unit, 1,320-MW coal-fired power plant along the coast in Çanakkale province. The project received its generating license in March 2013; initial site preparation work had already begun at that point.
In July 2013, responding to a lawsuit filed by local groups opposed to the project, a local administrative court voided the approval of the project's EIA, arguing that the EIA's assessment of environmental impacts had been insufficient. The ruling halted construction work on the project. Opponents, who had engaged in several protests against the project, had made several complaints, including that Cenal Elektrik had been illegally beginning work on the project prior to approval.
The company responded by dividing the project's EIA approval process into four parts, allowing two to move forward while two others were held up. Several local organizations have filed suit against the Cenal for this move; court battles and protests over the project continue.
In November 2014 a Turkish administrative court of Çanakkale once more rejected the four environmental impact assessments as being inappropriate and failed to address the cumulative impacts on the proposed plant. Hurryiet Daily News reported that the court "ruled that the method was contrary to the legislation imposing environmental obligations on companies." 
While the decision was a setback for the company, in September a new assessment report submitted by Cenal had been approved by the Environment Ministry.
In December 2014, Cenal secured a US$765 million loan with a 12-year maturity for the plant, with Denizbank, Halkbank, Finansbank and Ziraat Bank contributing equally to the loan package. Cenal signed a EUR180 million EPC agreement with Alstom regarding the engineering and equipment supply for the power plant in September. An initial US$200 million loan for the US$1.2 billion project had previously been secured in 2013. The project is under construction and expected to enter operation in 2019.
The project was reported as 13 percent complete in July 2016 and 70 percent complete in July 2017. Unit 1 was commissioned in November 2017 and unit 2 in December 2017.
Positive EIA nullified by court
In November 2018 the Çanakkale Administrative Court ruled that the EIA allowing the plant to operate was invalid because it had failed to properly include meteorological data. The court also ordered the plant to stop operating but the plant was still operating as of mid-December 2018. In January 2019 a new EIA was submitted by the plant's owners.
- Sponsor: Cenal Elektrik
- Parent company: Cengiz Holding and Alarko Holding (50-50 partnership)
- Location: Karabiga town, Biga district, Çanakkale province, Turkey
- Coordinates: 40.4167, 27.31829 (exact)
- Status: Operating
- Gross capacity: 1,320 MW (Units 1&2: 660 MW)
- Type: Ultra-Supercritical
- Start year: 2017
- Coal type: Bituminous
- Coal source: Imported
- Source of financing: Denizbank, Halkbank, Finansbank and Ziraat Bank 
- WRI ID:
- EBC ID: TR-26
Articles and resources
- Termik santrale yürütmeyi durdurma çıktı, Karabiga Çevre Platformu: 'Bu daha başlangıç mücadeleye devam', Sendika, Aug. 9, 2013.
- Cenal Electricity Production, Cengiz Holding website, accessed Apr. 2014.
- Energy Group: Generation, Alarko Group website, accessed Apr. 2014.
- Turkey's Alarko receives license for 1.32 GW coal-fired power plant, Platts, Apr. 15, 2013.
- Alarko'nun ÇED raporuna yürütmeyi durdurma kararı, Taraf, Sept. 5, 2013.
- termik santrale hayır!&action=haber_detay&module=nuce Karabiga'da termik santrale hayır!, Gündem, Feb. 20, 2014.
- Ali Cengiz oyunu yine tutmadı, Evrensel, Apr. 18, 2014.
- Karabiga'daki termik santrale bir yürütmeyi durdurma daha, Medyafaresi, Mar. 19, 2014.
- Karabiga'da termik santrale hayır!, Yeşil Gazete, Feb. 18, 2014.
- "Istanbul airport contractor gets new setback on coal plant project", Hurryiet Daily News, November 26, 2014.
- "Financing completed for Karabiga," AK Investment, Dec 11, 2014
- "Cenal Karabiga Termik Santrali," Enerji Atlası, accessed Feb 2018
- Contradictory explanation from Cenal Thermal Power Plant, Evrensel, Dec. 15, 2018
- Karabiga elektrik santrali ÇED Olumlu Raporu alındı, Emlak Pencerem, Jan. 10, 2019
- "New high-efficiency plant to increase power generation in Turkey," Hatch Energy Innovations, June 2013
- "Coal & Climate Change - 2017," Önder Algedik, Aug 2017