Bids have been invited by 17 October by the private-sector Cukurova Elektrik (CEAS) for the completion of the civils work for the 510-MW Berke hydroelectric dam on the Ceyhan river in the southeast. This follows the termination of its contract by Italy’s Italstrade, which is claiming non-payment by CEAS (MEED 26:8:94).

The Italian company began work on the World Bank-funded project in 1992, and has completed about a third of the main civils portion. It stopped construction on 11 August, being reportedly owed $36 million by CEAS.

The project is for a 210-metre high, double curvature, concrete arch dam, a 2,057 metre-long power tunnel, and an underground power station. The work, called Phase Two of the civil engineering works, has been divided into three groups (see Tenders).