The local Gama is close to winning two contracts from the Turkish Electricity Board (TEK) for the expansion of thermal power stations. It is a key member of a consortium which started negotiations on 1 February for a contract valued at about $260 million for the Kangal plant. A main element of the work is the installation of flue gas desulphurisation (FGD) units to curb pollution emissions.

The consortium was not the low bidder at the tender opening, but took the lead during tender evaluation (MEED 30:7:93). Other members of the consortium are Japan’s Mitsubishi Corporation, Hungary’s Transelektro, the local Simko, and Germany’s Siemens and Koh. The contract calls for the installation of an additional 150-MW boiler and turbine, together with an FGD system for the whole plant, located in Sivas province.

In joint venture with the US’ Babcock & Wilcox, Gama has also initialled a contract valued at about $85 million to install additional boilers together with an FGD system at the Kemerkoy thermal power station. The group was awarded a letter of intent in November (MEED 26:11:93).

The expansion programme’s latest contract, for the Cayirhan plant, valued at $505 million, was won by a consortium led by Austrian Energy & Environment (MEED 14:1:94; 17:12:93).