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    Minister says Turkey to finalize nuclear tender after local elections

    Hurriyet Daily News Online
    18.03.2009 - 11:11 | Son Güncelleme:

    The studies regarding the tender for the construction of Turkey's first nuclear power plant are being finalized and will be presented to the Council of Ministers after the upcoming bi-elections, the energy minister said late Tuesday.

    Turkey's nuclear power tender assessment is in the final stages and will be presented to the cabinet after the municipal elections on March 29, Hilmi Guler said after a meeting with Russian Energy Minister Sergey Shmatko in the capital, Ankara.

     

    A consortium lead by Russia's Atomstroiexport submitted the sole bid in the tender to construct Turkey's first nuclear power plant in September. Turkey plans to sell two more nuclear licenses.

     

    Guler said Turkey has intensified its talks on energy diplomacy over the last couple of days and that he met his Iranian and Russian counterparts within this framework.

     

    Natural gas, oil, renewable energy and energy productivity were the main issues discussed during his recent talks, he added.

     

    NABUCCO PROJECT

    The energy minister also said their aim was to complete the Nabucco pipeline project, when asked about recent developments regarding the project.

     

    "Our aim is to complete this project. No matter where the resources are, the necessary requirements should be fulfilled if such project is a need. I believe we will complete the project either with our own resources or with the help of others," he said.

     

    The European Union, which had earlier planned to allocate 250 million euros ($323 million) to finance the project, cut the funds to 50 million euros ($64.5 million).

     

    The Nabucco project is seen as a rival to Russia's South Stream gas pipeline designed to annually pump 31 billion cubic meters of Central Asian and Russian gas to the Balkans and on to other European countries.

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