Landfill gas plant under development in Turkey

By MWM GmbH | August 16, 2013

Close to the provincial capital Malatya, East Anatolian, the foundation was laid several weeks ago for a new landfill gas power plant. In a groundbreaking ceremony, which was attended by many city representatives, the provincial governors and the Turkish Minister for Energy and Natural Resources, Taner Yıldız, the construction work was launched for the foundation of the new LFG power plant between Malatya and Elaziğ.

The project, which will already be going into operation end of October 2013, was completed by  Doğu Star in cooperation with Iltekno, MWM's Turkish sales and service partner. A MWM TCG 2020 V12 genset will utilize the greenhouse gases created at the landfill through bacteriological and chemical decomposition processes for producing electrical power. At Malatya's LFG power plant, the TCG 2020 will generate approx. 1.2 MW to be fed into the regional power grid between Elaziğ and Malatya. This will result in more than 1,200 households being supplied continuously with electric power.

Osman Nuri Vardı, CEO of Doğu Star, said, "Although this investment project, involving installed power output of 1.2 MW, is rather small, it is in fact of great significance to our country, our region and Malatya."

Each year, Turkey's energy imports reach just under 60 billion dollars. There are plans of further reduction of this financial burden in the future. In fact, whereas the level of natural gas imports was approx. 55 percent of all power generation 5 to 10 years ago, that figure has already dropped to some 44 percent.  Thanks to Turkey's current investment program for expanding power generation from domestic and renewable resources, construction is currently underway on plants with a total capacity of 100 MW. Regional areas of focus currently include Ankara and Istanbul, yet projects like the one in Malatya are being planned in all Turkish cities and are to be completed as soon as possible. Today, the percentage of electricity produced with landfill gas is 1.3 percent of overall power generation in Turkey.