Turkey says to solve problems of thermic power plants

Turkey's energy minister said on Friday that negative effects of thermic power plants could be prevented by advanced technology.

Turkey says to solve problems of thermic power plants

Turkey's energy minister said on Friday that negative effects of thermic power plants could be prevented by advanced technology.

Energy & Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz said that Turkey was well-aware of the effects of thermic power plants using low-calorie coals on the environment.

"These effects can be prevented by advanced technology, and we are taking these measures," Yildiz told MPs at parliament.

Yildiz's remarks came after an opposition lawmaker voiced problems at the Afsin-Elbistan Thermic Power Plant in the southeastern province of Kahramanmaras.

The energy minister underlined importance of Kahramanmaras as 42 percent of Turkey's lignite reserves was within the borders of this province.

Yildiz said one unit of the thermic power plant was against environmental conditions, and a Turkish court ruled that 21 million Turkish liras (TL) of compensation should be paid as it concluded a case filed by farmers.

"We have opened a tender to overcome problems in this unit, and the tender is about to be concluded," Yildiz said.

Yildiz said Turkey had to use its domestic coal in production, and therefore the reserves in Kahramanmaras should be used without harming historical and natural environment.

There is a large lignite coalfield close to Elbistan on which there are two power stations owned and operated by Elektrik Uretim AS (EUAS), Elbistan 'A' built in the 1980s which is in dire need of refurbishment due to the state of the plant and the high emissions, the other Elbistan 'B' is nearing completion (2006).

The 'A' station should be capable of producing 1400 MW in total, but due to limitations of the plant it is only capable of producing around 1000 MW, but it has never managed to run all four units at the same time. In general, it is only capable of producing around 500 MW at most. The second B one has a better filter system.

In June 2006 the World Bank agreed a loan to refurbish Elbistan A to achieve security of supply over the medium term.


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