12/5/2008

Turkey nuclear decision seen by December 20

Reuters - Turkey's Atomic Energy Board will submit its decision by December 20 on a nuclear power plant tender that saw a single bid submitted by a Russian-led consortium, Turkey's Energy Minister Hilmi Guler said on Wednesday. The board's approval is necessary before state-owned electricity firm TETAS can make the final technical decision on whether or not to move ahead with the tender. A decision on the bid from Russian firms Atomstroyexport and Inter Rao and Turkey's Park Teknik Group has been delayed due to requests for additional details of the consortium's plans. The plant is planned for a site at Akkuyu near Mersin on the Mediterranean coast, with a capacity of 4,000 megawatts, plus or minus 25 percent.