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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Turkey demands clarification in nuclear tender

The Turkish Atomic Energy Agency (TAEK) asked the Atomstroyexport-Inter Rao-Park Teknik joint venture, sole bidders in Turkey's first nuclear power plant tender, to clear some technical issues, the Anatolian Agency reported.

"We demanded an explanation when issues that required clarification regarding our security criteria occurred," a TAEK official told A.A. regarding their technical evaluation on the Russian-Turkish joint venture's proposal.

The tender held in September was disappointing given the fact that a number of foreign and local companies had previously expressed interest but did not submit bids.

The evaluations are complete, except for this issue, the official told AA adding that they would submit their decision whether the venture meet the required criteria to Energy Ministry until the end of November.

According to TAEK's criteria, nuclear power plantsmust meet updated and approved technological innovations and be compatible with international institutions criteria, including the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

The Akkuyu power plant on the Mediterranean coast in the southern province of Mersin has a planned capacity of 4,000 megawatts, plus or minus 25 percent.

(Source: Hurriyet)

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