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Turkey Confirms Location of Second Nuclear Power Plant, Bids to Be Opened Sep 08

June 26, 2008

Text of report in English by Turkish news agency Anatolia

["TURKEY TO CONSTRUCT SECOND NUCLEAR PLANT IN SINOP" - AA headline]

ANKARA (A.A) -26.06.2008 -Turkey’s energy minister announced on Thursday that Turkey would construct its second nuclear power plant in a Black Sea city.

Energy & Natural Resources Minister Hilmi Guler said that the plant would be built in the northern city of Sinop, and the tender would be held in 2008.

“The dimensions of the second nuclear power plant have not been determined yet, but it will not be smaller than the one to be constructed in Mersin’s Akkuyu town (south of Turkey),” Guler told reporters.

Guler said that the second nuclear plant would be in Inceburun hamlet of Sinop, but told reporters that the type of tender and the details had not been shaped up yet.

Six firms/consortia have got specifications for the tender for 4,000-megawatt nuclear power plant in Akkuyu. They are AECL Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (Canada), Itochu Corporation (Japan), Vinci Construction Grand Projects (France), Suez Tractebel (France- Belgium), Atostroyexport (Russia), KEPCO (South Korea).

Bids for the tender will be opened on September 24th, 2008.

Originally published by Anatolia news agency, Ankara, in English 0725 26 Jun 08.

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