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DOSAB Lignite Fired Power Plant, Turkey

There is a plan for construction of a coal-fired power plant called “Steam and Energy Production Facility” in the central part of the city of Bursa. The Platform against Thermal Plant in DOSAB opposes the project.


There is a plan for construction of a coal-fired power plant called “Steam and Energy Production Facility” in Demirtaş Organized Industrial District (Demirtaş Organize Sanayi Bölgesi, DOSAB) located at the central part of the city of Bursa. According to the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) application file, the DOSAB Directorate was planning to establish a coal-fired power plant in the central Osmangazi District of Bursa to meet steam and energy needs of the DOSAB.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:DOSAB Lignite Fired Power Plant, Turkey
State or province:Bursa
Location of conflict:Bursa
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Fossil Fuels and Climate Justice/Energy
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Thermal power plants
Manufacturing activities
Specific commodities:Coal
Project Details and Actors
Project details

The DOSAB Steam and Energy Production Facility (374 MWt) would be established and operated on an area of 77,682 m2 with 18,279 m2 of core area and 59,402 m2 of technical infrastructure area. The DOSAB Facility was planned to comprise two units of fluidized bed boilers and the facility would have the steam capacity of 390 tons/hour. The DOSAB Facility would burn 524.000 tons of coal a year.

Level of Investment:150,000,000
Type of populationUrban
Affected Population:500,000 - 1,000,000
Start of the conflict:06/2014
Company names or state enterprises: Demirtaş Organized Industrial District (DOSAB) from Turkey - Owner
Relevant government actors:Ministry of Environment and Urbanisation,
Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:The Platform against Thermal Plant in DOSAB
The platform has over 100 members including, DOĞADER (Nature Association), Bursa Bar Association, Union of Chambers of Architects and Engineers (TMMOB), Bursa Chamber of Medicine, Bursa Chamber of Pharmacists and many others.
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityMEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
Reaction stagePREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups mobilizing:Farmers
Industrial workers
Local government/political parties
Trade unions
Local scientists/professionals
Forms of mobilization:Boycotts of official procedures/non-participation in official processes
Creation of alternative reports/knowledge
Development of a network/collective action
Development of alternative proposals
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Media based activism/alternative media
Objections to the EIA
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Street protest/marches
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Air pollution, Food insecurity (crop damage), Global warming, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality
Health ImpactsPotential: Occupational disease and accidents, Other environmental related diseases
Other Health impactsrespiratory and cardio-vascular diseases due to airborne pollutants
Socio-economical ImpactsPotential: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors
Project StatusPlanned (decision to go ahead eg EIA undertaken, etc)
Conflict outcome / response:Court decision (victory for environmental justice)
Application of existing regulations
New Environmental Impact Assessment/Study
Project temporarily suspended
Development of alternatives:The plans for the thermal power plant should be cancelled. Furthermore, the industrial district which is at the hearth of the city should be moved to outside of the city limits.
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Not Sure
Briefly explain:Although the movement successfully cancelled the first EIA report, the company seems not to let go their plans by filing another EIA report. The conflict is still on going.
Sources & Materials
Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

Promotion video of the thermal power plant, prepared by the DOSAB.
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Video documenting the mobilisations against the plant, prepared by the Anti-DOSAB platform
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The Platform's facebook page
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Other documents

DOSAB Lignite Fired Power Plant info sheet Info sheet in english prepared by the platform after the court success in March 2016
[click to view]

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Contributor:Cem İskender Aydın
Last update18/08/2019
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