Turkish Minister: court ruling can affect nuclear tender

The country's top administrative court cancelled three articles of the tender, a group of engineers who sued to block the tender said earlier on Tuesday.

Turkish Minister: court ruling can affect nuclear tender

Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said Wednesday that the Council of State's order for "stay of execution" of the two provisions of the "Regulations for Nuclear Power Plant Tender" might affect the tender process.

Yildiz told reporters in Ankara that they respected the law but nevertheless wanted to accomplish things, adding that they had not yet appealed the decision.

He said they wanted to come up with a solution regarding tender "Specifications" and "Regulations" that would be in compliance with the law until the end of November. He said if they failed to do so until then, they might consider other ways including cancellation of the tender.

Yildiz said Turkey had been too late in acquiring nuclear technology noting that the government was determined to build a power plant. He said nuclear and renewable energies complemented each other.

"In this context we are assessing the decision of the Council of State. We should reach a conclusion in a couple of days," said Yildiz.

Court ruling

Russia's Inter RAO and Atomstroiexport and Turkey's Park Teknik were the sole bidders at last year's tender, winning a contract to build and operate the nuclear plant. But Turkey has yet to finalise the deal amid disagreement with the consortium over electricity pricing.

The country's top administrative court cancelled three articles of the tender, a group of engineers who sued to block the tender said earlier on Tuesday.

The site for the plant is near the town of Akkuyu in the eastern Mediterranean. Turkey aims to build at least two more plants, with potential sites near the city of Sinop on the Black Sea, as it seeks to cover a looming electricity shortage and cut dependence on foreign energy imports.

The government wants nuclear energy to meet 20 percent of Turkey's power needs in 20 years.

Turkey and Russia have greatly strengthened their cooperation in energy, and Russia has promised Turkey its participation in several projects, while Russia plans to build a multibillion-dollar pipeline off Turkey's Black Sea coast.



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