Turkish court paves way for nuclear power tender

Friday, March 7, 2008

ANKARA, March 6 (Reuters) - Turkey's Constitutional Court rejected on Thursday a request by opposition parties to cancel a government plan to build the country's first nuclear power plant, paving the way for a tender process in the coming days.

The court's presiding judge, Hasim Kilic, told Reuters the court vetoed an article in the law that would have allowed foreign staff to be employed by the Turkish Atomic Institution, a move that may irk foreign companies planning to bid.

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Turkey delays inauguration of first nuclear plant tender

Friday, February 22, 2008

ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP): Turkey on Thursday delayed the opening of a tender for the construction of the country's first nuclear power plant.

The energy ministry was waiting for a government audit agency to comment on the tender's technical details before potential bidders could be invited, state-run media said. Officials said earlier but it was not clear how long the delay would be.

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Turkey to invite bids for first nuclear power plant on Feb. 21

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

ANKARA, Turkey: Turkey has revived plans to build its first nuclear power plant on the Mediterranean coast despite warnings from environmentalists that the site was in an earthquake prone location, the energy minister said Tuesday.

The minister, Hilmi Guler, said everything was ready for construction at Akkuyu, near the Mediterranean coastal town of Silifke, the state-run Anatolia news agency said.

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Turkish parliament OKs construction of nuclear plants

Friday, November 16, 2007

ANKARA, Turkey: Turkey's parliament approved a bill Friday allowing for the construction of nuclear power plants in the country, despite opposition from environmental groups.

The measure — setting out the legal framework for the plants and the sale of the energy they produce — was first passed in parliament earlier this year, but was blocked by then President Ahmet Necdet Sezer.

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