Bids have been invited by 11 April for the construction of a 1,400-MW combined-cycle power station in the northwestern city of Bursa. Client is the Turkish Electricity Generation & Transmission Corporation (TEAS).

The tender call follows the cancellation in 1994 of negotiations over a proposal for a similar plant valued at about $900 million submitted by a consortium of Japan’s Mitsubishi Corporation and the local Enka. The proposal carried an offer of 65 per cent financing from the Export- Import Bank of Japan (Jeximbank), but TEAS eventually decided it might obtain a cheaper price through competitive bidding (MEED 23:12:94; 12:11:93). The present tender invitation asks for offers of 100 per cent financing on a supplier credit basis (see Tenders).

There will be no prequalification exercise, but bidders must provide evidence of their contracting and technical competence. The project is fairly urgent, since the Bursa area at present has a generating deficit of around 800 MW, which can be expected to increase substantially as the city is rapidly expanding its already considerable industrial base, including automotives. A contract may be awarded by August. Depending on subsequent credit negotiations with the treasury, construction work could start by the end of 1995.

The government is planning several gas-fired plants including two large build-operate-transfer (BOT) plants at Eregli on the Sea of Marmara, as part of a diversification in energy sources particularly towards imported gas.

…thermal BOT tenders are invited

Prequalification applications have been invited by the Energy & Natural Resources Ministry for the construction on a build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis of four large thermal power plants fuelled by lignite (brown coal). With a total capacity of 2,500 MW, their combined estimated cost is approximately $2,750 million.

The four projects are:

Afsin-Elbistan B in Kahramanmaras province. The installed capacity will be 4-by-340-MW units, and the probable coal reserve in the area for the plant is around 919 million tonnes. Bids were previously submitted for this scheme in early 1993 (MEED 26:2:1993). The bidders then were the German head office of the Zurich-based ABB Asea Brown Boveri, and a consortium led by the local Alarko with Germany’s Steinmuller and the US’ Morrison Knudsen and General Electric Company (GE).

Beysehir in Konya province. The installed capacity will be 2-by-170- MW units, and the probable coal reserve is about 162 million tonnes.

Saray in Tekirdag province. The installed capacity will be 2-by-150-MW units, and the probable coal reserve is about 130 million tonnes.

Tufanbeyli in Adana province. The installed capacity will be 2-by-150- MW units, or 1-by-300-MW, and the probable coal reserve is around 284 million tonnes.

Applications must be submitted by 15 March. Details applicants must supply include the type of power station, proposed start-up and completion times, the proposed operation and maintenance period, the sort and amount of credit financing, and if the application is made by a consortium, the structure, members and their responsibilities.