The local Yapi Ticaret as expected has won a contract valued at about $50 million for grouting and drilling works at the 510-MW Berke dam and hydroelectric project on the Ceyhan river in the southeast, contractors say (MEED 1:11:96). The client is the private sector utility Cukurova Elektrik (CEAS).

The company won the contract in competition with a consortium named Rokas of Italy’s Rodio and the local Kasktas, a subsidiary of the local Enka, the sources say. The Rokas consortium won an earlier grouting contract valued at about $22.6 million.

Work in the present contract includes drilling and grouting of the grout curtain of the main dam, tailwater dam and power house, together with completion of the remaining excavation, supporting and grouting works of underground galleries.

The Berke project, which has World Bank support, includes a 210-metre- high, double curvature, concrete arch dam, a 2,057-metre-long power tunnel, and an underground power station.

The contract forms the third phase of civil engineering works for the project. One-third of the main civils portion had already been carried out by Italy’s Italstrade, but the company withdrew in 1994 claiming non- payment of $36 million by CEAS (MEED 11:11:94; 16:9:94).