Kemerköy power station
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Kemerköy power station is a 630-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Muğla province, Turkey.
The undated satellite photo below shows the plant, which is near Türkevleri and Kemerköy, Muğla province.
Background on Plant
The three 210-MW coal-fired units of the Yeniköy mine-to-mouth coal-fired power plant were commissioned between 1994 and 1995. The construction of the plant took place between June 1984 and August 1993. The 1st and 2nd units became operational in 1994 and the 3rd unit became operational in 1995. Coal for the plant comes from an adjacent lignite mine. The plant has been owned by IC İÇTAŞ Energy – LİMAK Energy since 2014.
Kemerköy is among three plants - along with Yatağan power station and Yeniköy power station - planned for rehabilitation in Muğla province, to extend the life of the plants by up to 30 years. Many residents oppose the rehabilitation.
In February 2019 the Right to Clean Air Platform, a coalition of 17 professional organizations and NGOs, successfully campaigned to stop the Turkish Parliament from delaying stronger air pollution requirements for some old coal plants from 2019 until 2021. The delay would have allowed Yatağan to continue to operate without a desulphurization system or modernised dust filters. In November 2019 the Turkish Parliament approved a bill to extend the deadline for stronger emissions standards to 2021. However on Dec. 2, 2019 President and Justice and Development Party (AKP) Chair Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vetoed the bill and said this veto was motivated by "environmental sensitivity".
As a result, Kemerköy and other privatised coal power plants that have not completed the required infrastructure including filtration system must complete these requirements beginning Jan. 1, 2020 or these plants will face closure and/or fines. In January 2020 it was reported that the plant was in compliance with Environmental Law 2872 and would be allowed to continue operating.
As of May 2020 the plant was operating with a "temporary activity certificate" that will allow it to continue operating until January 2021 despite its failure to comply with filtration requirements under Environmental Law 2872. In May 2020 Greenpeace applied to the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization to shut down Kemerköy and eight other plants not in compliance with Environmental Law 2872 due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the correlation between fine particulate pollution and higher mortality rates from Covid-19.
Controversy around coal mine to supply the plant
There were two lawsuits filed in opposition to a lignite coal mine being developed in the Akbelen Forest. The mine would supply the Kemerköy power station. According to an association of archeologists, there were 880 protected areas within the pollutant impact area. Villagers and activists in the area stood strongly in opposition to the development. In March 2022, the expert discovery phase was presented to the Muğla 1st Administrative Court. Several academics highlighted the economic, social and environmental risks of the project. However, others argued that the coal supply was necessary and outweighed the negative impacts.
- Owner: Yeniköy Kemerköy Elektrik
- Parent company: IC Holding (via IC İçtaş Enerji), and Limak Holding
- Location: Kemerköy, Muğla province, Turkey
- Coordinates: 37.0346, 27.901 (approx)
- Status: Operating
- Gross capacity: 630 MW
- Start year: 1994 (Units 1-2), 1995 (Unit 3)
- Type: Subcritical
- Coal type: Lignite
- Coal source: Yeniköy coal mine, Turkey
- Source of financing: İş Bankası, Ziraat, Garanti
- WRI ID: WRI1018708
- EBC ID: TR-16
Articles and resources
- Kemerköy Thermal Plant, company website, retrieved Jan. 2018.
- "The Real Costs of Coal: Muğla," CAN Europe, July 2019
- Step forward for health protection in Turkey: Proposal to extend the pollution exemptions given to privatised coal power plants withdrawn, Health And Environment Alliance, Feb. 15, 2019
- Turkish Parliament will vote about polluting coal power plants next week, Health And Environment Alliance, Feb. 1, 2019
- 50’inci madde kabul edildi, Yeşil Ekonomi, 22 Nov. 2019
- Erdoğan Vetoes Bill Postponing Installation of Filters to Coal-Fired Plants, Bianet, 02 December 2019.
- TBMM Plan Ve Bütçe Komisyonu, Santrallere Filtre Düzenlemesini Yeniden Görüştü, Meclis Haber, 4 December 2019.
- Anasayfa Gündem Haberleri Bakan Kurum'dan Bursa'yı da ilgilendiren termik santral açıklaması, Bursa Hakimiyet, Jan. 1, 2020
- Koronavirüs döneminde filtresiz termik santraller kapatılmalı, Cumhuriyet, May 22, 2020
- Isabelle Garretsen, How air pollution exacerbates Covid-19 BBC, Apr. 27, 2020
- Akbelen’de Mücadeleye Devam: ‘Kömür Termik Santralleri İstemiyoruz’ Sivil Sayfalar, August 20, 2021
- Akbelen'de bilirkişi raporu: İki uzman doğa talanına rağmen 'kömür' dedi Gazete Duvar, May 29, 2022
- "YENİKÖY KEMERKÖY," company website, accessed June 2018
- "Coal & Climate Change - 2017," Önder Algedik, Aug 2017