Vize power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Vize power station, (also known as TKİ Vize power plant) is a proposed 2-unit 660-megawatt (MW) (2 units x 330 MW)coal-fired power plant in Vize, Kırklareli province. Eren-1 power station in Kırklareli and Çerkezköy power station in Tekirdağ provinces are other similar projects in Marmara region.


The plant would be located at Vize, Kırklareli province, Marmara district, Turkey.

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Background on Plant

Provinces like Tekirdağ, Kırklareli and Edirne in Trakya region of Turkey, have large agriculture and forest lands that woudl be impact by planned coal power plants such as Eren-1, Çerkezköy or Vize. Lignite reserves were previously explored in Vize basin in 2002,[1] while the oldest geological reconnaissance for Trakya (Trace) region dates back to 1954,[2] and the use of lignite coal has been a priority under Turkey's energy strategy since 2009.[3]

In October 2016 Vize plant was announced by TKI (Turkish Coal Enterprise), a state-owned agency, to be built in Vize town of Tekirdağ by the revision of upper-scale spatial plan.[4] By the revision, plant area was declared "energy generation area";[4] the revised plan was also announcing Çerkezköy power station. In December 2016, the local community, city council and also Vize municipality opposed the spatial plan revision by petitions and protests, it is reported that thousands of signatures were collected.[5]

In 2018 TKI started the environmental permit process to extract lignite coal from Vize town, Topçuköy, which is 12 km from the plant area.[6][7] In October 2019, the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization announced a spatial planning change that allocated over 300 acres of farmland to the construction of the Vize Coal plant. However, in July 2020 the 6th Chamber of the Council of State revoked the change and suspended the authorization for the plant's construction. The Council's decision came as a result of the legal action taken by the local municipality and activist groups. The council cited the plant's negative impact on the underground water reserves and stated that the ministry's allocation of farmland for the plant's construction was unlawful.[8] [9]

Environmental Impact

Greenpeace's report in 2018 estimates that Vize coal power plant would cause 182 premature deaths annually due to the exposure to PM2.5 and NO2 air pollutants.[10] Vize city is a member of Cittaslow.[11]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: TKI (Turkish Coal Enterprise)
  • Parent company: TBD
  • Location: Çerkezköy town, Çerkezköy district, Tekirdağ Province, Turkey
  • Coordinates: 41.572, 27.811 (approximate)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Gross capacity: 2 x 330 MW[12]
  • Type:
  • Projected in service:
  • Coal type: Lignite
  • Coal source:
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. Kömür Sektör Raporu 2017, Turkish Coal Enterprise, 2017.
  3. Enerji Güvenlik ve Strateji Belgesi, 21 Mayıs 2009.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Plan Açıklama Raporu, Republic of Turkey Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, Oct. 2016.
  5. "Vize’de Termik Santrale Binlerce İtiraz", Babaeski Söz Gazetesi, Dec. 16, 2016.
  6. TKİ Kırklareli’de kömür üretecek, Enerji Günlüğü, Jan. 15, 2019.
  7. KIRKLARELİ ili VIZE, ilcesinde, Ministry of Environment and Urbanism, Oct 2, 2018.
  8. Tarımda kömüre yer yok BirGün, July 7, 2020.
  9. [1] Yeşil Gazete, October 19, 2020.
  10. Trakya’da Termik Santral Tehlikesi, Greenpeace Turkey, Feb. 2018
  11. Vize, CittaSlow, accessed Dec 2019.
  12. Communication with CAN Europe, September 2019

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