4/9/2008

Four firms bid for Turkish nuclear power plant tender

Hurriyet - Four companies submitted bids on Monday for the construction of a nuclear power plant in a southern province of Turkey, the Anatolian Agency reported. This will be the first nuclear power plant in Turkey, and will be built near Mersin's Akkuyu township. AECL of Canada, Hochu of Japan, Vinci Corp of France, Suez-Tractabel of Belgium have acquired specifications forms for the tender. "We expect Turkish companies to set up consortia with the experienced foreign firms and join this tender," executives of the Turkish Energy & Natural Resources Ministry said. The tender for the construction of a 4,000-megawatts of nuclear power plant is scheduled for Sept. 24, 2008. The Turkish Energy Trade & Commitment Corp. will buy the electricity generated at the nuclear power plant for 15 years. The project is one of several ways the government plans to boost energy production to keep pace with rapidly growing demand against a background of strong economic growth. The current tender is for the first of a planned three plants. An official, from state-run electricity firm TETAS, said companies from the United States, Russia and South Korea were also expected to take part in the tender, Reuters reported."