Yatağan power station
|This article is part of the CoalSwarm coverage of Turkey and coal.|
Yatağan 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 at Yatağan near Bodrum and Marmaris in Muğla province.
Background on Plant
Yatağan is the oldest and least productive power station in Turkey. There are plans to expand its mining area.
Yatağan is among three plants - along with Yeniköy power station and Kemerköy 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, Yatağan 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 the plant received a "temporary activity certificate" that will allow it to continue operating for six months despite its failure to comply with filtration requirements under Environmental Law 2872.
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 Yatağan 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.
- Sponsor: Bereket Enerji
- Parent company:
- Location: Şahinler, Yatağan, Muğla province, Turkey
- Coordinates: 37.3309051, 28.1023767 (exact)
- Status: Operating
- Gross capacity: 630 MW (Units 1-3: 210 MW)
- Type: Subcritical
- In service: 1984 (Units 1-2), 1986 (Unit 3)
- Coal type: Lignite
- Coal source:
- Source of financing: İş Bankası 
- WRI ID: WRI1018709
- EBC ID: TR-22
Articles and resources
- "Nature and history butchered for coal,", Hürriyet, 10 July 2017.
- "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
- "Coal & Climate Change - 2017," Önder Algedik, Aug 2017