Turkey nuclear plant tender attracts solitary bid

25 September 2008 - Only one firm, Atostroyexport of Russia, submitted an offer for the construction and operation of Turkey's first nuclear power plant in a tender held in capital Ankara.

The Turkish Electricity Trading & Contracting Inc. (TETAS) launched the tender process for the construction and operation of a nuclear power plant in Akkuyu region of the southern province of Mersin.

Atostroyexport (Russia), AECL Atomic Energy Of Canada Limited (Canada), Suez Tractebel (France-Belgium), Unit Investment N.V. (the Netherlands), Hattat Holding-Hema Ortak Girisim Grubu (Turkey) and Ak Enerji (Turkey) were the six participants that submitted closed envelopes in today's tender.

Only Russian Atostroyexport's envelope included an offer, while the other five did not submit any offers for the tender, officials said.

Russian Atostroyexport's offer will now be assessed by Turkey's Atomic Energy Agency (TAEK) in terms of technical requirements. If TAEK approves the offer, it will then be submitted for the approval of the Council of Ministers.

Today's tender was the fourth one held for the construction and operation of Turkey's first nuclear power plant. The previous three tenders had failed.

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