Dinar power station
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Dinar power station, also known as the Afyon Dinar power station, is a proposed 500-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Afyonkarahisar province, Turkey.
The map below shows the location of Dinar district, the approximate location where the plant would be built in Afyonkarahisar province.
Background on Plant
In June 2013, Turkey's General Directorate of Mineral Research and Exploration (Maden Tetkik ve Arama Genel Müdürlüğü, or MTA) announced that it was initiating a project to build a $5 billion, 3,500-MW coal-fired power plant in the Dinar district of Turkey's Afyonkarahisar (or Afyon) province. The mine-to-mouth plant would be built adjacent to a newly-discovered 950-million-ton lignite field in Dinar district. The plant would apparently be built by a private investor, not by TKI.
In June 2018 EÜAŞ issued a call for tenders for the project's pre-feasability study. In October 2020 the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources listed a new capacity of 500 MW for the plant. As of May 2021 the project did not appear on the website of Turkey's Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA).
In 2017 Ali Özkaya, an MP for the governing AK Party representing Afyonkarahisar, said that work on the mines in the region had begun and would continue for two years, together with the power station site survey, after which construction on the power station was planned to begin (in 2019), and in May 2018 he said that the number of boring machines had been increased to 16 working 24 hours a day.
Opponents claim the proposed coal project threatens local people's heath through pollution of the Menderes River and other local water and agriculture, and in 2017 started an online petition against the plant.
In Dinar district of Afyonkarahisar, locals opposed the Dinar Ulukoy plant due to risks for underground waters, such as streams and lakes. The “Stop Thermal Power Plant” Signature Campaign was started on change.org, citing potential environmental harm from the Dinar plant. The signatures were planned to be delivered to the General Directorate of Energy Affairs, the General Directorate of Mining Affairs, the General Directorate of Protection of Natural Assets, the General Directorate of Environmental Management and Dinar Municipality in Turkey.
In late 2018, farmers near the Dinar district expressed concern over the water sources in the village drying up. Some attribute the decline in farming quality to the production of the Dinar power plant. A private citizen, named Funda Öz Akcura, released an opinion piece that was in opposition of the Dinar plant production, citing that the plant could “turn the region into hell” from damage to water, animals, and air.
In February 2019, the Air Pollution & Climate Secretariat (AirClim) published a report by Fredrik Lundberg, an energy policy specialist in Sweden. He included the Dinar power plant in his report that highlighted various environmental risks from coal plants.
- Parent company: EÜAŞ, Turkish Coal Enterprise
- Location: Dinar district, Afyonkarahisar (Afyon) province, Turkey
- Coordinates: 38.064, 30.167 (approximate)
- Status: Announced
- Detailed status: Drilling in progress - construction planned to start 2019
- Gross capacity: 500 MW
- Projected in service: TBD
- Coal type: Lignite
- Coal source: Afyonkarahisar-Dinar lignite mine
- Source of financing:
Articles and resources
- New $5 billion Thermal Power Plant on the Way in Turkey, Hürriyet Daily News, June 11, 2013.
- "ELEKTRİK ÜRETİMİ SEKTÖRÜ: İKTİSADİ ARAŞTIRMALAR BÖLÜMÜ," İş Bankası, August 2017
- EÜAŞ issues tender for Thermal Power Plant, Enerji Ekonomisi, Jun. 30, 2018
- Investors' Guide for Electricity Sector in Turkey, Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, October 2020
- Milletvekili Özkaya'dan İncelemeler, Milliyet, June 24, 2017
- Termik Santral Gündemde, Umut Dinar, 15 May 2018
- Dinar termik santrale direniyor: İmza kampanyası başlatıldı, Sol Haber, July 19, 2017
- “Dinar resists thermal power plant: Signature campaign launched”, Haber Sol News Center, Translated by Google, September 19, 2017.
- “Farmers longed for a sip of water in Menderes Basin”, Evrensel News, Translated by Google, November 29, 2018.
- “Is the weather free?”, Funda Öz Akcura, Translated by Google, October 23, 2018.
- “Phasing out coal in Europe by 2025”, AirClim, Feburary 2019.