Turkey Scraps Nuclear Plant Tender

ANKARA (Hurriyet)–Turkey on Friday scrapped a 2008 tender won by a Russian-led consortium to build and operate the country’s first nuclear power plant.

In a brief statement, the state-run electricity wholesaler TETAS said its board of directors decided “unanimously” to cancel the tender, citing an article in the bid specification that gave it the authority to cancel the process without any liability.

A consortium led by Atomstroyexport, Russia’s state nuclear giant, had been the only bidder in the tender to build four nuclear reactors with a total capacity of 4,800-megawatts at Akkuyu, in the Mediterranean province of Mersin.

The tender process had been under fire after it emerged in September last year that only one consortium had bid for the project and offered an above-market price for supplying electricity to the Turkish grid.

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