A contract valued at FF 21.6 million ($4.4 million) has been awarded to a joint venture of France’s Spie Enertrans and the Anglo-French GEC Alsthom for the supply of equipment to the Mercan hydroelectric power plant in Tunceli province. Client is the State Hydraulic Works (DSI).

The venture won the contract in a tender competition with Austria’s Elin Voith and Germany’s Noell. It will supply three

6.5-MW sets of turbines, generators and other equipment to the project. The bidding process was managed by a semi-state enterprise, Temsan.

A contract is also expected to be signed soon with a joint venture of Noell and Temsan by the DSI for the supply of equipment to the 198-MW Batman hydroelectric dam project. The foreign portion of the contract is valued at around $21 million.

The contract awaits approval by the treasury of financing from Germany’s Kreditanstalt fuer Wiederaufbau. Commissioning of the project’s four generating units is scheduled for 1997.

In a separate development, Electricite de France has been selected for the construction of the 100-MW Yamula and 45-MW Bayramhacila hydroelectric plants on a build-operate-transfer basis by the private-sector Kayseri Elektrik Uretim Ticaret & Sanay.

The local company had received proposals from the French concern and the US’ Global Environment for the dams on the Kizilirmak river, to be built at a combined cost of $185 million. The French company will be awarded a 40 per cent stake in the project if further negotiations with Kayseri Elektrik prove successful.