Petkim power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Petkim power station, also known as Petkim Petkojen Termik Santrali, is a proposed 205-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in İzmir province, Turkey.


The map below shows the town of Aliağa, the approximate location the plant would be built.

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Background on Plant

The Petkim power station, also known as PETKOJEN, is a project of SOCAR Power which aims to replace PETKIM Petrochemical’s aged steam and electricity generation plant with a new 205 MW coal-fired power station.[1][2]

In October 2016 the project was called off.[3][4]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Socar Power
  • Parent company: State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR)
  • Location: Aliağa town, Aliağa district, İzmir province, Turkey
  • Coordinates: 38.795, 26.970278 (approximate)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Detailed status:
  • Gross capacity: 205 MW
  • Type:
  • Projected in service:
  • Coal type:
  • Coal source: Imported
  • Source of financing:


In May 2014, CEE Bankwatch released a report expressing concern over how coal plants in Turkey, like the Petkim power plant, would “restrict access to a valuable geothermal energy resource.”[5] There were allegedly preventive resistance against the Petkim power plant, including street protests, public campaigns, official complaint petitions, and lawsuits.[6]

On May 28, 2015, 1500 workers closed the Petkim factory and shouted, “Everywhere is Bursa, everywhere is resistance.” It is unclear if the resistant was specifically to the Petkim coal plant, or in support of Bursa-based workers near the Petkim plant.[7]

On May 13, 2020, there was a malfunction in the Petkim power plant that resulted in heavy black smoke in the Aligali nearby neighborhood. There was no explanation for the fumes nor their effect on the environment or public health. Bahadir Dogutürk from the Foça Environment Platform suggested that the Petkim company wrongly thinks of polluting as “their most natural right.”[8]

Articles and resources


  1. "Petkim Investor Presentation," Petkim, March 9, 2015
  2. Önder Algedik, "Coal and Climate Change," June 2016
  3. Personal communication with CAN Europe, Feb 7, 2017
  4. "liağa'da 30 yıl sonra gelen zafer," Birgun, Feb 17, 2017
  5. “Bankwatch Mail Issue 59”, CEE Bankwatch, May 2014.
  6. “Aliaga Thermal Power Plants”, Environmental Justice Atlas, April 8, 2014.
  7. “1500 workers in Petkim closed to the factory”, Yesil Gazette, Translated by Google, May 29, 2015.
  8. “The failure in Aliaga is just an example”, Yesil Gazette, Translated by Google, May 15, 2020.

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