In response to predicted power supply shortfalls and rising oil prices Turkey has decided on the nuclear power option. Turkey wants to build three new nuclear generation plants with a total generation capacity of 5,000MW by 2015, the first of which will be developed at Mersin on Turkey's Mediterranean coast. The Mersin site was chosen as it already has the required license. Further down the line, a second nuclear generation plant will be located at Sinop on the Black Sea.
On 8 November 2007 the Turkish Parliament enacted the "Law on the Establishment and Operation of Nuclear Power Facilities and the Sale of Energy" (the Nuclear Law) which entered into force on 21 November. The Nuclear Law states that the procedure for the establishment of nuclear generation plants in Turkey will be determined by the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources. The first tender for a nuclear plant will be organised by TETAS, the state-owned power wholesale company. The technical specifications and qualifications that companies must meet in order to take part in this tender were published by the Turkish Atomic Energy Institution (TAEK) on 21 December 2007.