Lignite-fired thermal power plants and SO2 pollution in Turkey

Say N.

ENERGY POLICY, vol.34, no.17, pp.2690-2701, 2006 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 34 Issue: 17
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.enpol.2005.03.006
  • Title of Journal : ENERGY POLICY
  • Page Numbers: pp.2690-2701


About 80% of the electric energy production in Turkey is provided by thermal power plants which use fossil fuels. Lignite, the most abundant domestic energy source, is consumed in most of these plants. Turkey has approximately 0.85% of the world's lignite reserves; however, the Turkish lignites have low calorific value and contain relatively higher amounts of ash, moisture, and sulfur. Nearly 80% of the lignite mined in Turkey is consumed in the thermal power plants since it is not appropriate for use in other types of industry and heating.