9/28/2009

Wind farm applications to be finalized by the year’s end

Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yildiz said his ministry will rapidly process some 750 wind farm applications received on November 1, 2007 and have them ready by the year’s end. "We will sort this out until the end of the year" said Yildiz, expressing remorse about the delay license applicants suffered. Stating that they were responsible for the delay of the licenses in wind farms, Minister of Energy Taner Yildiz said, "Private sector is right to complain. We will deliver the licenses to their owners until the end of the year." Mentioning that preliminary license will be required with a new law, Minister Yildiz said that "exploiters" who deal with license trade will be prevented in this way. The Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources received 750 wind farm licence applications on November 1 2007, totaling an installed capacity of 76,000 MW. No intervention in nuclear tender Stating that there is a need for the extension of the period by a month or two for strategic, legal and technical assessments in relation to nuclear power station tender, Yildiz said that their negotiations with Russia were going on. Emphasizing that it is not possible for anyone to intervene in the tender process, Yildiz said that the cost of nuclear power station construction and electricity prices were increasing around the world.

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