Soma power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Soma power station (also known as Soma B power station) is a 990-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Manisa province, Turkey.


The undated satellite photo below shows the plant, which is near Soma, Manisa province.

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Background on Plant

The six 165-MW coal-fired units of the plant were completed between 1981 and 1992. Lignite for the plant is supplied by Ege Linyitleri İşletmesi. The plant has been owned by Konya Şeker Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş. since 2015.[1]

Capacity Payments

In 2018 the company was paid millions of lira by the government in support of its coal-fired plant via the capacity mechanism.[2]

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.[3] The delay would have allowed Soma to continue to operate without a desulphurization system or modernised dust filters.[4]

In January 2020 two units of the plant were closed under Environmental Law 2872 for failing to install a more effective air filtration system, in addition to five plants that were entirely closed: Afşin-Elbistan A, Kütahya Seyitömer, Tunçbilek Çelikler, Sivas Kangal and Zonguldak Çatalağzı.[5][6] As of June 2021 Unit 2 had resumed operating having installed a new air filtration system.[7] According to CAN Europe Units 1 had resumed operating as of December 2021.[8]

Plant Details

  • Owner: Konya Şeker Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.
  • Parent company: Anadolu Birlik Holding
  • Location: Soma, Manisa province, Turkey
  • Coordinates: 39.19509, 27.63536 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Gross capacity: 990 MW (Units 1-6: 165 MW)
  • Start year: 1981-1992
  • Type: Subcritical
  • Coal type: Lignite
  • Coal source: Domestic
  • WRI ID: WRI1018707
  • EBC ID: TR-19

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Wikipedia article about the town of Soma