Turkey says keeps plans for first nuclear power plant

Turkey's energy minister expressed determination to continue plans to build country's first nuclear power plant.

Turkey says keeps plans for first nuclear power plant

Turkey's energy minister expressed Friday determination to continue plans to build country's first nuclear power plant.

Atomstroyexport-Inter RAO-Park Teknik, a consortium of Turkish and Russian firms, was the sole bidder in the tender to build Turkey's first nuclear power plant held last year.

Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said the Turkish government had not made the final decision on the offer and added that November 20-24 was the deadline for government's assessment.

The Turkish government asked the consortium to lower its price to be charged for the electricity from the nuclear plant. The consortium lowered the price but state officials said it was still high.

Yildiz said the Turkish government was negotiating the price with officials of the Russian firm.

"It is not clear yet. The legal process is still under way. But it does not mean that we could prefer another one," Yildiz said.

In August, Turkish and Russian officials discussed the issue of price cut during Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's visit to Ankara.

Turkey could also take up to 25 percent stake in the project if a reasonable price was set, Turkish officials had said earlier.

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