A consortium led by Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has submitted the lowest bid for the construction of the 1,400-MW Afsin-Elbistan B thermal power plant, Energy & Natural Resources Minister Recai Kutan said on 25 June. The client is the state Turkish Electricity Generation & Transmission Corporation (TEAS – MEED 9:5:97).

Kutan said consortia of foreign and local companies bidding and their prices were:

MHI, with the US/German Babcock Lentjes, and Gama, Tekfen, Tokar and Enka – $1,510 million

Zurich-based ABB Asea Brown Boveri, Germany’s Siemens, Japan’s Nissho- Iwai and the Anglo/French GEC Alsthom, with Guris, Dogus and Kutlutas –

$1,620 million

Austria Energy & Environment, Germany’s Siemens and Japan’s Toshiba Corporation with Nurol, Simko and Yuksel – $1,770 million

the US’ Stone & Webster, and Steinmuller and Philipp Holzmann, both German – $2,530 million

The plant will have four 350-MW generating units, fired by lignite mined from nearby reserves totalling about 3.5 million tonnes – almost half of Turkey’s total reserves of lignite. The first unit is to be operational by 2001, the second and third in 2002, and the fourth in 2003.

The Energy Ministry decided to tender Afsin-Elbistan B on a conventional, credit-financed basis, after no bids were received in spring 1996 for the project on a private power build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis (MEED 26:4:96).