Seyitömer power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Seyitömer power station is a 600-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Kütahya province, Turkey.


The undated satellite photo below shows the plant, which is near Seyitömer village, Kütahya district, Kütahya province.

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Background on Plant

The four units of the 600-MW Seyitömer coal-fired power station were opened between 1973 and 1989. In early 2013 Turkey's Privatization Authority sold the operating rights of the plant for $2.25 billion to the Turkish company Çelikler Insaat.[1][2][3]

In April 2014, 11 people were injured after police used tear gas against a workers protesting layoffs at the newly-privatized plant, and 20 workers were arrested.[4][5]

Environmental impact

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 old coal plants from 2019 until 2021.[6] The delay would have allowed Seyitömer to continue to operate without a desulphurization system or modernised dust filters.[7] In November 2019 the Turkish Parliament approved a bill to extend the deadline for stronger emissions standards to 2021.[8] 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".[9]

As a result, Seyitömer 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.[10] In January 2020 Seyitömer was one of five plants closed by the government under Environmental Law 2872 for failing to install a more effective air filtration system. The other closed plants were Afşin-Elbistan A, Kütahya Tunçbilek, Sivas Kangal and Zonguldak Çatalağzı.[11] In May 2020 the plant installed a flue gas treatment system that it claimed was in compliance with Environmental Law 2872, and applied to the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization for permission to reopen.[12] In June 2020 two of the plant's four units were declared in compliance with the new filter requirement and were cleared to resume operating with a one-year temporary license.[13] In August 2020 Unit 3 was found to be in compliance with the filter requirement and resumed operating.[14] As of June 2021 Unit 4 had resumed operating having installed a new air filtration system.[15] A July 2021 report by Climate Change Policy and Research Association found that the plant's Temporary Activity Certificate (GFB) did not include a landfill license.[16]

Plant Details

  • Sponsor: Çelikler Seyitömer Elektrik Üretim A.Ş.[17]
  • Parent company: Çelikler Holding
  • Location: Seyitömer village, Kütahya district, Kütahya province, Turkey
  • Coordinates: 39.574254, 29.882337 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Gross capacity: 4 x 150 MW
  • Type: Subcritical[18]
  • In service: 1973, 1974, 1977, 1989[3]
  • Coal type: Lignite
  • Coal source: Seyitömer coal mine, Turkey
  • Source of financing: İş Bankası, Vakıfbank, Halkbank, Ziraat, Deniz Bank [19]
  • WRI ID: WRI1018711
  • EBC ID: TR-18

Articles and resources


  1. "Turkey Sells 600-Megawatt Seyitomer Lignite-Fired Plant for $2.25 Billion", Industrial Info Europe, January 3, 2013.
  2. Seyitömer 47 turda 2.2 milyar $'a özelleşti, Milliyet, Dec. 29, 2012.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Seyitömer Termik Santralı'nın özelleştirilmesi ve diğerleri, Enerji Energy, Jan. 6, 2013.
  4. Seyitömer Santrali Eyleminde 20 İşçi Gözaltında, Haberler, Apr. 22, 2014.
  5. Kütahya Seyitömer Termik Santrali'ndeki olaylar, TimeTurk, Apr. 22, 2014.
  6. 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
  7. Turkish Parliament will vote about polluting coal power plants next week, Health And Environment Alliance, Feb. 1, 2019
  8. 50’inci madde kabul edildi, Yeşil Ekonomi, 22 Nov. 2019
  9. Erdoğan Vetoes Bill Postponing Installation of Filters to Coal-Fired Plants, Bianet, 02 December 2019.
  10. TBMM Plan Ve Bütçe Komisyonu, Santrallere Filtre Düzenlemesini Yeniden Görüştü, Meclis Haber, 4 December 2019.
  11. 5 thermal power plants that did not install filters and did not take flue gas treatment measures were completely closed, BBC, Jan. 2, 2020
  12. Bacalar milli ekonomi için temiz tütmeye hazır, Sabah, May 18, 2020
  13. Son dakika... Bakan Kurum'dan termik santral açıklaması, Hurriyet, Jun. 8, 2020
  14. Seyitömer Termik Santrali'nin üçüncü ünitesi de devreye alındı, Dunya, Sep. 1, 2020
  15. Seffaflik Platformu, Exist, accessed July 2021
  16. Kömürlü termik santralleri çevreyi ve havayı kirletmeye devam ediyor, Sozcu, Jul. 7, 2021
  17. "Çelikler Seyitömer," Çelikler Holding website, accessed June 2018
  18. "World Electric Power Plants Database,", Platts, December 2013. The database is not available online but can be purchased from Platts.
  19. "Coal & Climate Change - 2017," Önder Algedik, Aug 2017

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