September 24, 2008

Atomstroyexport, Inter Rao, Turkey’s Ciner Bid to Build Npp in Turkey

MOSCOW. Sept 24 (Interfax) - Atomstroyexport in consortium with Inter RAO UES and the Turkish partner Ciner Group has filed the only bid in a tender to build a nuclear power plant in Turkey, Atomstroyexport spokesperson Irina Yesipova told Interfax.

The Russian general contractor has offered to build four 1.2 gigawatt power generating units based on the AES 2006 Project.

The tender to build Turkey's first ever nuclear power plant was announced in March, and bids were being accepted by the state energy company Tetas until September 24.

The nuclear power plant will be built near to the Mediterranean port Mersin.

Half of Turkey's needs in electricity are met by thermal power plants using gas, another 25% by coal power plants and the remaining 25% by hydro power plants. The Turkish government wants to diversify the fuel and energy balance and lower the country's dependence on gas shipments and build nuclear power plants as an option. Turkey plans to build three nuclear power plants by 2013.

The country wants to announce a tender to build a nuclear power plant near Sinop next year.

General Electric and Turkey's Haci Omer Sabanci Holding earlier bid to build a nuclear power plant in Turkey alongside Atomstroyexport.

Atomstroyexport is one of the world's leading builders of nuclear power plants and is currently building five energy generating units in Iran, India and Bulgaria. It is under the state corporation Rosatom's control.

Inter RAO is controlled by Rosatom, too. It exports and imports electricity and owns generating assets in Russia and abroad.

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