The tender deadline for the Afsin-Elbistan B power plant has been extended to 24 June from 29 April at the request of some of the bidders (see Tenders). The deadline was extended by the client, the state Turkish Electricity Generation & Transmission Corporation (TEAS).

Four groups of foreign companies, mostly with local partners, have formed to tender for the contract, according to contracting sources. They are:

Germany’s Deutsche Babcock and Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), with Enka, Tokar, Gama Endustri and Tekfen

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

Austria Energy Environment, and Japan’s Toshiba Corporation and Mitsui & Company, with Entes, Yuksel and Nurol

the US’ General Electric Company and Germany’s Philipp Holzmann

The plant will have four 350-MW generating units, fired by lignite mined from nearby reserves of about 3.5 million tonnes. 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 power build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis (MEED 26:4:96).