Ilgın power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Ilgın power station is a proposed 500-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Konya province, Turkey.


The map below shows the location of Ilgın district, the approximate location where the plant would be built in Konya province.

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Background on Plant

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]

In EnergyChina's 2015 annual report, the company stated that it had secured a contract for "general contracting" for the Ilgin power Station.[10]

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.[11] It was further reported that the site was the first habitat of Homo erectus in Anatolia.[11]

In April 2019, the company claimed that tumuli won't be affected by the plant and mining areas thus they will continue their activities.[12] 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.[13] 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.[14] 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.[15]

In September 2021 Ciner announced the sale of the power station project to Park Holding A.Ş. for 715 million liras.[16]

In May 2022, Konya-Ilgın Elektrik requested an amendment to the generation license issued in 2013.[17] 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.[18]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Konya-Ilgın Elektrik Üretim ve Ticaret A.Ş. owned by Park Elektrik
  • Parent company: Park Holding A.Ş.
  • Location: Ilgın district, Konya province, Turkey
  • Coordinates: 38.26, 31.91 (approximate)
  • Status: Permitted
  • Detailed status:
  • Gross capacity: 2 x 250 MW
  • Type: Circulating fluidized bed[1]
  • Projected in service:
  • Coal type: Lignite[1]
  • Coal source: Konya Ilgın coal mine, Turkey[1]
  • Source of financing: US$508 million in debt from Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC)[9]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 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. ANNUAL REPORT 2015 , EnergyChina, 2015
  11. 11.0 11.1 process of the Ministry that will obscure history has been blocked, OdaTV, March 28, 2019
  13. Konya Ilgın AŞ starts producing coal Source: Konya Ilgın AŞ starts producing coal, Enerji Diary, Nov. 14, 2019
  14. Court obstacle to coal mines planned to be opened to archaeological sites in Konya , Yesil Gazete, Mar. 31, 2020
  15. Park Elektrik Announces Renewal of Coal Sales Contract for Konya Ilgın Field, Mining Turkey, June 19, 2020
  16. Ciner Grubu'ndan Cengiz İnşaat'a 715 milyonluk satış, Artigercek, Sep. 1, 2021
  17. Konya Ilgın kurulum süresinin uzamasıyla lisans tadilatı istedi Kaynak: Konya Ilgın kurulum süresinin uzamasıyla lisans tadilatı istedi, Enerji Gunlugu, May 20, 2022
  18. Konya Ilgın’dan elektrik üretim lisansı tadil başvurusu, Coinde News, May 17, 2022

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