Turkish Energy Minister: Power Station Damaged by Fires to Resume Work Soon
15:07 GMT 05.08.2021 (Updated: 15:32 GMT 05.08.2021)
© AP Photo / Cem TekkesogluFlames illuminate the night sky and smoke after wildfires reached Kemerkoy Power Plant, a coal-fueled power plant, in Milas, in southwest Turkey, late Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021.
© AP Photo / Cem Tekkesoglu
ANKARA (Sputnik) - Turkish Energy Minister Fatih Donmez said on Thursday that the Kemerkoy thermal power plant in the southwestern city of Milas will resume operation in the near future after catching fire the day before.
Located in the Mugla province, the power plant was set ablaze by wildfires that have been raging across Turkey's south since last week.
"Fire was being extinguished for eleven hours. The plant's turbines, generators and main systems have not been seriously damaged. Currently, the forest fires do not threaten the power station. We plan to put it into operation soon. This power station is quite important, as it provides the whole region with electricity," Donmez told journalists.
The incident did not cause any rise in the concentration of hazardous emissions in the air, the minister added.
Wildfires have affected at least 35 Turkish provinces, chiefly on the country's Mediterranean and Aegean coasts. Eight people have died as a result.