Turkey's Dogan, partners sign nuclear tender deal

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

ISTANBUL, Aug 20 (Reuters) - Turkey's Dogan Enerji signed an accord with Turkish, Belgian and Canadian firms on Wednesday to take part in a tender to build and operate Turkey's first nuclear power plant, parent company Dogan Holding said.

Its partners in the deal are Turkish conglomerate Anadolu Endustri Holding, Brussels-based energy company Unit Investment N.V. and Canada's Bruce Power, Dogan said in a statement to the Istanbul Stock Exchange.

Turkey has set a deadline of Sept. 24 for bids to build the plant at Akkuyu near Mersin on the Mediterranean coast with a capacity of 4,000 megawatts, plus or minus 25 percent.

Turkish conglomerate Sabanci said last month it was in talks with General Electric, Hitachi Nuclear Energy and Spanish utility Iberdrola SA on the tender.

An energy ministry source previously said firms purchasing tender documents included Korean Electric Power Corp, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Japan's Itochu Corporation, France's Vinci Construction Grands Projets, Suez-Tractebel and Russian state firm Atomstroyexport.

The tender is for the first of three planned nuclear power plants. Turkey is heavily dependent on energy imports.

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