Ilgın power station

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Ilgın power station (Ilgın Termik Santrali, Konya Ilgın Termik Santrali) is a pre-construction power station in Ilgın, Konya, Türkiye.

Location

Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Ilgın power station Ilgın, Konya, Türkiye 38.26, 31.91 (approximate)

The map below shows the approximate location of the power station.

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Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology Start year Retired year
Unit 1 pre-permit coal - lignite 250 circulating fluidized bed
Unit 2 pre-permit coal - lignite 250 circulating fluidized bed

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner
Unit 1 Konya Ilgın Elektrik Üretim ve Ticaret [100.0%]
Unit 2 Konya Ilgın Elektrik Üretim ve Ticaret [100.0%]

Project-level coal details

  • Coal source(s): Konya Ilgin coal mine

Background

The first lignite coal explorations in the Konya Ilgın area were started in the 1980s by MTA.[1] In 1994, the plant was planned to be built under the "build-operate-transfer" model by an agreement between PSEG Global Inc and the Turkish government,[2] Under this plan, three villages were to be resettled and at least 3 hectares of land would re-planned. The mayors of these villages opposed the plant's construction.[3] The plant was cancelled due to disagreement between two parties, especially on finance.[4]

In 2011, Ciner Group bought the Konya Ilgın Elektrik company and secured the legal rights to build and operate an open-pit lignite mine and a two-unit, 500 MW, US$1.2 billion, mine-to-mouth coal-fired power plant in Konya province.[1][5] Previously, in 2002, an "EIA positive" decision for the 500 MW plant was also achieved by Konya Ilgın Elektrik company.[6] Ciner Group is also leaving open the possibility of building a third 250 MW unit at a future date.[1][7]

Turkey's Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EPDK) issued the generation licence in February 2013.[8]

In 2015, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and Ciner Group signed a US$508 million loan agreement for the project and announced the plant would start operation in 2019.[9][10]

In EnergyChina's 2015 annual report, the company stated that it had secured a contract for "general contracting" for the Ilgin power Station.[11]

The plant site and surrounding area were grade 1 archaeological sites. However, in 2014 the conservation status of part of the area that has three tumuli, or ancient burial mounds, was changed by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism to grade 3 which enables the construction.[6] The Turkish Chamber of Architects and environmental groups opened legal cases against this status change and in March 2019 the court cancelled this decision and gave a ruling to preserve the area as a grade 1 archaeological site.[12] It was further reported that the site was the first habitat of Homo erectus in Anatolia.[12]

In April 2019, the company claimed that tumuli won't be affected by the plant and mining areas thus they will continue their activities.[13] In November 2019, it was announced that the company is preparing to start mining activities but as of December 2019 there is no update on the plant's construction.[14] In March 2020 the Konya 2nd Administrative Court blocked construction of the Konya Ilgin coal mine that would be used to power the plant, because of the site's archaeological importance.[15] However, in June 2020, Park Elektrik, a company that holds the rights to operating the plant, renewed a contract with Düzgün Mining to deliver 35 metric tons of coal from the Ilgin coalfield.[16]

In September 2021, Ciner announced the sale of the power station project to Park Holding A.Ş. for 715 million liras.[17]

In May 2022, Konya-Ilgın Elektrik requested an amendment to the generation license issued in 2013.[18] The facility's installation completion period was set to expire in May 2022, but the company applied to the Energy Market Regulatory Authority for an extension of 66 months.[19]

In November 2022, the electricity generation license of Park Elektrik was revoked by the Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA). This included a cancellation of the electricity generation license for a 500 MW Ilgın power station. The company had legal authority to object to EMRA's decision or file an appeal in Ankara Administrative Courts, and they stated that they would be doing so.[20] Two weeks later, Park Elektrik filed an appeal to EMRA.[21] In January 2023, EMRA had not responded within the legal window, and the company was therefore allowed to file a lawsuit in response, requesting a stay of execution.[22]

As of October 2023, the power station was presumed to be shelved, as it did not have a license for several years.

In January 2024, EMRA's decision was upheld by the court, and Ilgın power station would not be granted an electricity market license for 3 years.[23]

In April 2024, Park Elektrik's 2023 Activities Report indicated that the company was continuing to pursue the power station despite the court rulings.[24] The status of the power station was therefore reverted to "pre-permit development".

Konya Ilgın coal mine

In March 2023, Konya-Ilgın was approved to take over the license for a coal field in Ilgın from General Directorate of Turkish Coal Enterprises. Reporting stated that the site was planned to supply the Ilgın power station.[25]

As of December 2023, given that the cancelled production license for Ilgın power station was still in litigation, coal from the mine would be sold rather than used to supply the nearby power station. The coal would reportedly still supply Ilgın power station should EMRA's decision be reversed by the administrative court.[26]

Financing

In 2015, it was reported that US$508 million in debt was signed with the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) under a 13-year loan.[27][9][10] Project cost was stated at US$700milion. It appears that this financing has not become effective as construction has not started.

Articles and Resources

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Konya Ilgın Elektrik , Ciner Group website, accessed Apr. 2014.
  2. Minutes of the General Assembly of the 21st Term 2nd Legislative Year 26th , Grand National Assembly of Turkey Assembly Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM), Nov. 30, 1999.
  3. Ilgın Thermal Power Plant Project at a Dead End Bigpara , , accessed Nov. 2000.
  4. PSEG/Konya Ilgın Elektrik Arbitration Decision, Dost Süleyman, Journal of the Istanbul Bar Association, 2007.
  5. Ciner Group, Park Enerji, accessed Dec. 2019.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Climate Protection Lawsuits and Legal Situation in Turkey-2016, Ecology Collective, March 2017.
  7. Thermal excitement in Ilgın , Hello Haber , Dec. 6, 2012.
  8. EPDK Generation Licence EÜ/4292/02479, EPDK, accessed Dec. 2019.
  9. 9.0 9.1 700 million dollar giant investment, HaberTürk, May 26, 2016
  10. 10.0 10.1 "700 million dollar investment of Ciner". https://www.cinergroup.com.tr/. 2015. {{cite web}}: External link in |website= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ANNUAL REPORT 2015 , EnergyChina, 2015
  12. 12.0 12.1 process of the Ministry that will obscure history has been blocked, OdaTV, March 28, 2019
  13. PARK ELEKTRIK: COAL PRODUCTION CANNOT BE MADE FROM THE COAL FIELD FOR KONYA ILGIN THERMAL POWER PLANT PROJECT, FinansHaberler, April 19, 2019.
  14. Konya Ilgın AŞ starts producing coal Source: Konya Ilgın AŞ starts producing coal, Enerji Diary, Nov. 14, 2019
  15. Court obstacle to coal mines planned to be opened to archaeological sites in Konya , Yesil Gazete, Mar. 31, 2020
  16. Park Elektrik Announces Renewal of Coal Sales Contract for Konya Ilgın Field, Mining Turkey, June 19, 2020
  17. Ciner Grubu'ndan Cengiz İnşaat'a 715 milyonluk satış, Artigercek, Sep. 1, 2021
  18. Konya Ilgın kurulum süresinin uzamasıyla lisans tadilatı istedi Kaynak: Konya Ilgın kurulum süresinin uzamasıyla lisans tadilatı istedi, Enerji Gunlugu, May 20, 2022
  19. Konya Ilgın’dan elektrik üretim lisansı tadil başvurusu, Coinde News, May 17, 2022
  20. Ciner Grubu'nun Ilgın'daki elektrik üretim lisansı iptal edildi, Bianet, November 7, 2022
  21. Park Elektrik Konya Ilgın’ın lisansının iptali kararına itiraz etti Kaynak: Park Elektrik Konya Ilgın’ın lisansının iptali kararına itiraz etti, Enerji Gunlugu, November 23, 2022
  22. Park Elektrik Konya Ilgın’da yürütmeyi durdurma istedi Kaynak: Park Elektrik Konya Ilgın TES’te yürütmeyi durdurma istedi, Enerji Gunlugu, January 4, 2023
  23. Dev proje 9 yıldır bekliyordu! EPDK haklı bulundu: Ciner Grubu'na mahkemeden büyük şok, Haber7.com, January 18, 2024
  24. 1 OCAK 2023 - 31 ARALIK 2023 HESAP DÖNEMİNE AİT YÖNETİM KURULU FAALİYET RAPORU, Park Elektrik Üretim Madencilik, April 25, 2024
  25. TKİ Ilgın’daki kömür sahasının ruhsatını devredecek Kaynak: TKİ Ilgın’daki kömür sahasının ruhsatını devredecek, Enerji Gunlugu, March 8, 2023
  26. Park Elektrik’in Doğrudan veya Dolaylı Bağlı Ortaklığına İlişkin Bilgiler, Park Elektrik, October 13, 2023
  27. "ICBC provides $508 million loan for 500 MW Konya Ilgın Coal-Fired Power Plant Project". https://china.aiddata.org. 2015. {{cite web}}: External link in |website= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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