Turkey to build lignite fired plant

Turkey`s leading conglomerate, Koc Holding will lead a consortium which has won a $480m contract to build a lignite fired power plant in southern Turkey.

The consortium, which includes another Koc company, Demir Export and France`s Societé Nationale d`Electricité et de Thermique (SNET), will build the 336 MW plant in Tufanbeyli, Adana on a BOT (build, own transfer) model.

The consortium will operate the plant for 20 years before handing it over to the Turkish government. It will consume 3.73m t of lignite a year to produce 2 TWh of electricity a year, two per cent of the country`s annual power needs. The plant will be the first in Turkey to use a state-of-the-art circulating fluidized bed system.