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S.Korea's KEPCO in Turkey for nuclear talks

11 February 2010 [10:32] - TODAY.AZ
Turkey has long been eager to build nuclear power plants.
Officials of South Korea's state-controlled utility Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO) met with Turkish officials on Wednesday to hold talks on supplying nuclear reactors for Turkey's first planned nuclear power plant.

Korean officials, led by KEPCO's CEO Kim Sang Su, had meetings with Energy Minister Taner Yildiz and ministry officials in Ankara.

The meeting focused on KEPCO's bid to provide reactors for Turkey's first nuclear power plant planned to be built on Black Sea coast, northern part of the country, a ministry official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

KEPCO had earlier said it was in talks with Turkey to sell APR1400 (Advanced Power Reactor 1400), pressurized water reactor with a thermal output of 4000 megawatts.

Last December, a KEPCO-led consortium won a 20-billion deal to build four nuclear power plants in the United Arab Emirates by 2020, which made it the sixth largest nuclear technology importer in the world following United States, France, Russia, Canada and Japan.

Turkey has long been eager to build nuclear power plants.

A Turkish-Russian consortium led by Russia's Atomstroyexport had been the only bidder in a 2008 tender to build Turkey's first nuclear power plant. However, Turkey's state-run electricity wholesaler TETAS canceled the tender in November 2009.

/World Bulletin/

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