Tender invitations scheduled for December for the country’s first nuclear power station have been delayed until May, industry sources say. This is due to substantial adjustments to specifications drawn up by a Korean-led consultancy group.

Documents drawn up by a venture led by Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute had to be modified by the state-owned Turkish Electricity Generation & Transmission Corporation (TEAS) due to a lack of technical data and inadequate commercial specifications, the sources add. The venture was awarded a consultancy contract by TEAS valued at about $350,000 in February 1995.

The plant, backed by 190 per cent credit funding, is to have a capacity of at least 900 MW. A choice of three types of nuclear power will be offered in the tender invitation, including a pressurised water reactor, a boiling water reactor, or the Canadian CANDU system.

Nuclear energy is required to fill a generating deficit of around 70 million kWh a year by 2010, according to projections by the Energy & Natural Resources Ministry. A station has long been considered on the Akkuyu site, which first received a construction licence in 1975.