Turkish farmers rely on Chinese-funded power plant for irrigation water

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Aerial photo taken on April 14, 2022 shows a view of the Emba Hunutlu power plant in the village of Sugozu in Adana province, southern Turkey. Faced with chronic drought, farmers in southern Turkey have turned to a Chinese-funded thermal power plant that provides irrigation water from an environmentally friendly wastewater treatment solution. Photo: Xinhua

Faced with chronic drought, farmers in southern Turkey have turned to a Chinese-funded thermal power plant that provides irrigation water from an environmentally friendly wastewater treatment solution.

Located in Sugozu village, Adana province, Emba Hunutlu coal-fired power plant is the country’s first battery-free power plant and represents China’s largest ever direct investment in Turkey.

The 1,320 MW project is expected to generate 9 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity per year when fully operational, which represents about 3% of the total electricity supply across Turkey.

Equipped with advanced environmental protection systems, the plant could remove contaminants from wastewater and turn it into recyclable effluent, which has an acceptable environmental impact and can be reused for various purposes.

“Industrial wastewater from Emba Hunutlu power station is reused for agricultural irrigation and farmers benefit from it,” said Ali Dogan, the village chief of Sugozu.

“So far, we have not seen any damage related to this water. The quality of our crops is the same and we have not seen any environmental problems related to the thermal plant,” added Dogan, who is also a farmer. .

This investment from China is also instrumental for employment and sustainability in the region, the Turkish village chief told Xinhua.

Meanwhile, Duhan Araz, chief environmental engineer at Emba Hunutlu Power Station, emphasized “zero environmental pollution” for the project.

Tests carried out in the monitoring wells concluded that there is no environmental pollution in the groundwater, Araz told Xinhua.

“Our main priority is to cause minimal damage to the environment with maximum treatment operations to remove contaminants,” she said.

Chinese companies have contributed to Turkey’s sustainable development, devoting themselves to local photovoltaic projects, hydropower plants, natural gas storage facilities and construction of railways, according to a report on companies’ sustainable development commitments Chinese companies in Turkey published by the State Power Investment Corporation, based in Beijing. in December.

The Emba Hunutlu Power Station is an example of such contributions from China.

“We didn’t have water before, but after it was built (the power station), we benefited from its water and we still benefit from it to this day,” said Adem Kargi, a local farmer.

“I planted an olive garden and you can usually have a first product in 7 years, but with this water I started having olives in just four years,” Kargi added.

Veli Kayali, a watermelon farmer, also expressed his gratitude for the construction of the power plant.

“In this season when there are no natural water resources in this area, the power plant came to the rescue and it did not affect the quality of the products in any way,” Kayali said.

A shepherd guards his herd near the Emba Hunutlu power station in the village of Sugozu in Adana province, southern Turkey, June 3, 2022. Faced with chronic drought, farmers in the south of Turkey have turned to a Chinese-funded thermal power plant that provides irrigation water from an environmentally friendly sanitation solution.  Photo: Xinhua

A shepherd guards his herd near the Emba Hunutlu power station in the village of Sugozu in Adana province, southern Turkey, June 3, 2022. Faced with chronic drought, farmers in the south of Turkey have turned to a Chinese-funded thermal power plant that provides irrigation water from an environmentally friendly sanitation solution. Photo: Xinhua

Farmers work in the fields near the Emba Hunutlu power station in the village of Sugozu in Adana province, southern Turkey, June 3, 2022. Faced with chronic drought, farmers in the southern Turkey have turned to a Chinese-funded thermal power plant that provides irrigation water from an environmentally friendly sanitation solution.  Photo: Xinhua

Farmers work in the fields near the Emba Hunutlu power station in the village of Sugozu in Adana province, southern Turkey, June 3, 2022. Faced with chronic drought, farmers in the southern Turkey have turned to a Chinese-funded thermal power plant that provides irrigation water from an environmentally friendly sanitation solution. Photo: Xinhua

Aerial photo taken on April 14, 2022 shows a view of the Emba Hunutlu power plant in the village of Sugozu in Adana province, southern Turkey.  Faced with chronic drought, farmers in southern Turkey have turned to a Chinese-funded thermal power plant that provides irrigation water from an environmentally friendly wastewater treatment solution.  Photo: Xinhua

Aerial photo taken on April 14, 2022 shows a view of the Emba Hunutlu power plant in the village of Sugozu in Adana province, southern Turkey. Faced with chronic drought, farmers in southern Turkey have turned to a Chinese-funded thermal power plant that provides irrigation water from an environmentally friendly wastewater treatment solution. Photo: Xinhua

A farmer works in the field near the Emba Hunutlu power station in the village of Sugozu in Adana province, southern Turkey, June 3, 2022. Faced with chronic drought, farmers in the southern Turkey have turned to a Chinese-funded thermal power plant that provides irrigation water from an environmentally friendly sanitation solution.  Photo: Xinhua

A farmer works in the field near the Emba Hunutlu power station in the village of Sugozu in Adana province, southern Turkey, June 3, 2022. Faced with chronic drought, farmers in the southern Turkey have turned to a Chinese-funded thermal power plant that provides irrigation water from an environmentally friendly sanitation solution. Photo: Xinhua

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