Çatalağzı power station

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{{#badges:CoalSwarm|Navbar-Turkeycoal}}Çatalağzı power station (ÇATES - formerly Catalagzi A and B) is a 314-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Zonguldak province, Turkey.[1] An additional 660MW unit and port have been proposed.


The undated satellite photo below shows the retired CATES-A to the southwest and the operating CATES-B to the northeast, near Kilimli in Zonguldak province.

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CATES-A was built in 1948 and comprises 6 units, each 20 MW in size, which were retired in 1988.[2] CATES-B was commissioned in 1989 and 1991.[3]

On 22 December 2014, CATES-B was privatized and taken over by Bereket Enerji.

In January 2017, protesters stopped the EIA assessment meeting for a new 660 MW unit. As of June 2018 the EIA assessment is still in progress.[4] In January 2018, Enerji Günlüğü reported that Bereket is planning to built a 660 MW unit as well as a 200,000 DWt-capacity port in Çatalağzı.[5]

In August 2018 an EIA assessment meeting was held to consider the expansion, which would burn 80% domestic coal and 20% imported coal.[6]

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.[7] The delay would have allowed Çatalağzı to continue to operate without a desulphurization system or modernised dust filters.[8]

Project Details of CATES-B

  • Sponsor: Bereket Enerji
  • Parent company: Bereket Enerji
  • Location: Çatalağzı, Zonguldak province, Turkey
  • Coordinates: 41.517402, 31.900198 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Gross capacity: 314 MW (Units 1&2: 157 MW)
  • Type: Subcritical
  • Start year: 1989 (Unit 1), 1991 (Unit 2)
  • Coal type: anthracite[2]
  • Coal source: 80% domestic, 20% imported
  • Source of financing:

Project Details for proposed expansion

  • Sponsor: Bereket Enerji
  • Parent company:
  • Location: Çatalağzı, Zonguldak province, Turkey
  • Coordinates: 41.517402, 31.900198 (exact)
  • Status: Pre-permit development
  • Detailed Status: EIA submitted January 2017
  • Gross capacity: 660 MW[5]
  • Type:
  • Projected in service:
  • Coal type:
  • Coal source: Imported
  • Source of financing:
  • WRI ID: WRI1018718
  • EBC ID: TR-13

Articles and resources


  1. "Çatalağzı Lignite Power Plant", Bereket Enerji website, accessed Mar 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Catalagzi Coal Power Plant Turkey," Global Energy Observatory, accessed March 2017
  3. "Çatalağzı Termik Santrali," Wikipedia Turkey, accessed March 2018
  4. Communication with CAN Europe, June 2018
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Bereket ÇATES'i 660 MW'lık ek ünite ile büyütecek" Enerji Günlüğü, 17 Jan 2018
  6. We are facing a new shock every day in Zonguldak, odatv.com, Jul. 31, 2018
  7. 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
  8. Turkish Parliament will vote about polluting coal power plants next week, Health And Environment Alliance, Feb. 1, 2019

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