Çelikler Tunçbilek power station

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{{#badges:CoalSwarm|Navbar-Turkeycoal}}Çelikler Tunçbilek power station[1] is a 365-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Kütahya province, Turkey.

Location

The undated satellite photo below shows the plant, which is near Tunçbilek town, Tavşanlı district, Kütahya province.

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Background on Plant

The first units of the Tunçbilek Kütahya coal-fired power station were built in 1956 to 1978. Beginning in 2007, only Units 4 and 5, totaling 300 MW capacity, were functioning. Starting in February 2013, the plant was at 365 MW, after Unit 3 was restored to partial capacity.[2] It is doubtful whether units 1 and 2 could be brought back into operation.[3]

Environmental impact

Smoke From Tunçbilek Thermal Power Plant[4]

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.[5] The delay would have allowed Çelikler Tunçbilek to continue to operate without a desulphurization system or modernised dust filters.[6]

Plant Details

  • Sponsor: Çelikler Orhaneli Tunçbilek Elektrik Üretim
  • Parent company: Çelikler Holding
  • Location: Tunçbilek town, Tavşanlı district, Kütahya province, Turkey
  • Coordinates: 39.6284598, 29.4658009 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Gross capacity: 365 MW
  • Type:
  • In service: Unit 4: 1965; Unit 5: 1977; Unit 6: 1978
  • Coal type: Lignite
  • Coal source: Tunçbilek Kütahya coal mine, Turkey
  • WRI ID: WRI1018715
  • EBC ID: TR-21

Proposed expansion

There are several mentions in the news media about additional capacity expansions, which are supposed to bring the area's coal-fired capacity to roughly 1,000 MW in total. Part of this is apparently the Kütahya Domaniç power station, but it seems that another 300 MW of additional capacity will be added to the new Polat Tunçbilek power station. It is possible, however, that this is referring to an additional 300 MW that will be added to the Tunçbilek Kütahya plant.[7][8]

An August 2014 article suggests the aging power station may be replaced by a new 600 MW coal plant.[9]

In December 2014 Turkish construction and energy company, Çelikler Holding, won a tender for the privatization of the Tunçbilek Kütahya and Orhaneli power stations for US$521 million. There was no mention in the news on expanding or replacing the Tunçbilek Kütahya plant.[10]

With no developments on this proposed unit, plans for it appear to be abandoned.

Plant Details for 300 MW expansion

  • Sponsor: Çelikler Orhaneli Tunçbilek Elektrik Üretim
  • Parent company: Çelikler Holding
  • Location: Tunçbilek town, Tavşanlı district, Kütahya province, Turkey
  • Coordinates: 39.6284598, 29.4658009 (exact)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Gross capacity: 300 MW
  • Type:
  • Coal type: Lignite
  • Coal source: Tunçbilek Kütahya coal mine, Turkey

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