Ilgın power station

From Global Energy Monitor

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

Location

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

First lignite coal explorations in Konya Ilgın area started in the 1980s by MTA.[1] In 1994, the plant was planned to be built under "build-operate-transfer" model by an agreement between PSEG Global Inc and the Turkish government,[2] According to this plan, three villages would have to be resettled and at least 3 hectares land would be re-planned, where 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 Konya Ilgın Elektrik company and secured legal rights to build and operate an open-pit lignite mine and a two-unit, 500-MW, $1.2 billion, mine-to-mouth coal-fired power plant in Konya province.[1][5] Previously, in 2002, "EIA positive" decision for the 500 MW plant was also gathered 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, ICBC and Ciner Groups signed a credit agreement and announced the plant will start operation in 2019.[9]

The plant site and surrounding area were grade 1 archaeological sites; however in 2014 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.[10] It was further reported that the site was the first habitat of Homo erectus in Anatolia.[10]

In April 2019, the company claimed that tumuli won't be affected by the plant and mining areas thus they will continue their activities.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Konya-Ilgın Elektrik Üretim ve Ticaret A.Ş. owned by Park Elektrik
  • Parent company: Ciner Group
  • 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: Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC)[9]

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