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Turkey prepares tender for 2GW of thermal electricity generation

02 Sep 2013 13:41:29 | edem

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A total of 2GW of Turkish state-owned thermal generation capacity is expected to be offloaded by the end of this month, a source at Turkey's Privatisation Administration (OIB) told ICIS on Monday.

The plants earmarked for the latest round of privatisation include the 630MW Kemerkoy, the 420MW Yenikoy and 630MW Yatagan coal-fired power plants in the southwestern Mugla region, as well as the 300MW coal-fired Catalgazi plant in the northern Zonguldak province. The plants are owned by incumbent EUAS.

The exact tender date has not been fixed yet, but the OIB source said the sale will take place in the final week of September.

Another round of privatisation could follow next year with the sale of at least one portfolio of hydropower plants also held by EUAS, the source told ICIS in a previous interview (see EDEM 29 May 2013).

The pending round of privatisations organised by OIB follows the sale of some of Turkey's key state-owned power plants, including the 1.2GW Hamitabat combined cycle gas turbine power station, the 600MW Seyitomer and the 457MW Kangal coal-fired power plants (see EDEM 6 March 2013).

Turkey has also privatised its 21 electricity distribution networks (see EDEM 12 March 2013).

The sales are part of the government's plans to sell off 16.5GW of generation held by EUAS. OIB expects to offload 45 power plants, of which 27 are hydroelectric and 18 thermal power. Aura Sabadus

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