China ‘has advantage’ in bid for Turkey's 2nd nuclear plant
Hurriyet Daily News
A withdraw from
Treasury guarantee demand and self-financing option makes China
advantageous in its race with Japan, South Korea and Canada for Turkey’s
second planned nuclear facility, Turkish Energy Minister Yıldız says.
The winner is expected to be announced before the end of the year
As the Turkish government nears the deadline it set for itself to
announce the winning company of a bid for a second nuclear plant in the Black Sea region, Energy Minister Taner Yıldız has said China possesses an advantage.
brings it own financing to the project and does not demand a Treasury
guarantee, which are important advantages, Yıldız said at the Caspian
Forum 2012 in Istanbul Reuters reported.
However, China is also demanding a share in the discussed facility, Yıldız said.
South Korea and Japan are also bidding for the Sinop nuclear facility
plans and the ministry had earlier announced the winner would be made
public by the end of this year. Russia’s Rosatom is building the
country’s debut nuclear plant in the southern province ofMersin and
Moscow has also announced it would like to take part in Turkey’s future
nuclear plans. The energy minister’s remarks matched a statement made by
Economy Minister Zafer Çağlayan a day earlier.
will build three nuclear energy plants as of 2023,” Çağlayan said at a
Dec. 5 meeting to grant new incentives for a Socar refinery. “One will
be in Mersin and the other in Sinop. The Chinese have a very important
offer. Once finished these two nuclear plants will generate 85 billion
kWh of energy. The cost of such an amount produced with natural gas
today, is $4 billion. But the costs in nuclear energy are almost
nothing,” he said.
Two out of the four bidders for the second plant have taken steps forward in the process, Yıldız had said late last month.
has been the latest country to join the race as South Korea is seeking a
joint attempt with the United Arab Emirates to overcome financing
The Fukushima disaster in March 2011 year may have
hurt Japan’s bid as the country is currently revising its own
facilities. TEPCO, the builder of the Diiachi facility in Fukushima had
withdrawn from the Turkish tender, leaving the ground for other Japanese
firms to enter.
Still, many experts speculate the Chinese plants are also raising security concerns as they usually depend on older technology. Turkey is considering nuclear power as a tool to beat its foreign dependency in energy, mainly to Russia, Iran and Iraq.
Platform Against Nuclear, a local anti-nuke group said it will sue the
Mersin plant, claiming it is against the official Environmental Impact
Assessments Report and it externalizes the locals. Sebahat Arslan, a
group spokesman, said at a press conference held in front of a ruling
Justice and Development Party (Ak Parti) office in the town of Gülnar in
Mersin that the process was anti-democratic and unlawful, Doğan news