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Çanakkale Çırpılar Coal Plant and Coal Mining Project, Turkey


Taşzemin Co., a private company, is carrying out the permit processes for a 200 MW capacity coal plant and an open pit coal mining project right in between Çırpılar and Villages in Yenice (Çanakkale) alongside the Ida Mountains, rich in terms of biodiversity. The coal mining site is 845 hectares of forest and agricultural lands. 820 hectares of the sites is high quality agricultural soil.

The villagers are actively running agricultural business and exporting vegetables abroad. There are irrigation investments going on in the site which will increase the agriculture revenues per hectare by 2,5 times. However, according to the design of the project, the plant will use the water of the irrigation investment to cool the plant.

There is robust opposition in the site. 71 village heads of Yenice town out of 75, sent petitions asking the Ministry of Environment to end the coal plant project.

The company was granted an EIA permit on 29th June 2018 which was taken to the court by TEMA Foundation (a national environment NGO), Ida Conservation Society (Kazdağı Koruma Derneği, a local NGO) and Chamber of Agricultural Engineers. The court case is ongoing. The court granted a stay of execution decision for EIA permit.

Basic Data

Name of conflict:Çanakkale Çırpılar Coal Plant and Coal Mining Project, Turkey
State or province:Çanakkale Province
Location of conflict:Yenice Town Cirpilar Village
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)

Source of Conflict

Type of conflict. 1st level:Fossil Fuels and Climate Justice/Energy
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Coal extraction and processing
Water access rights and entitlements
Thermal power plants
Specific commodities:Coal

Project Details and Actors

Project details

The mining site: 845 hectares

Total coal in the site: 48,8 million tonnes of coal

The project cost: 305.5 million TL / 58.7 million USD (1 USD=5,2 TL)

The amount of the lignite to be burnt per year: 3.5 million tonnes of coal per year

The amount of the electricity to be generated: 1.3 million kWh

Av. calorie of the coal: 1200 kcal/kg

Humidity: 25%

Ash: 53%

Sulphur: 1%

Project area:845
Level of Investment for the conflictive project58,700,000
Type of populationRural
Affected Population:550,000
Start of the conflict:01/02/2016
Company names or state enterprises:TAŞZEMİN İNŞAAT MADENCİLİK ENERJİ ÜRETİM SANAYİ VE TİCARET ANONİÖ (Taşzemin ) from Turkey - Project owner
Relevant government actors:The Ministry of Environment and Urbanization
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
State Hydraulic Works (Devlet Su İşleri, DSİ)
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:TEMA Foundation:
Mount Ida Conservation Society (Kazdağı Koruma Derneği):
Chamber of Agricultural Engineers:
Ida Dayanışma Derneği:

Conflict & Mobilization

IntensityHIGH (widespread, mass mobilization, violence, arrests, etc...)
Reaction stagePREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)


Project StatusPlanned (decision to go ahead eg EIA undertaken, etc)
Proposal and development of alternatives:Improvement of agricultural activities and economies
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Not Sure
Briefly explain:The process is ongoing.

Sources & Materials

Juridical relevant texts related to the conflict (laws, legislations, EIAs, etc)

Soil Protection legislation

EIA legislation

Other documents

Call from Hüseyin Soylu, a villager from Yenice Hüseyin Soylu, former village head started the mobilization with his daughter against the coal project. He calls for action in this video.

Meta information

Contributor:Özlem Katısöz, TEMA Foundation (TEMA Vakfı), [email protected]
Last update18/08/2019
Conflict ID:4041