Workers at the construction site of the Hongyanhe nuclear power plant in Dalian, Liaoning province. China Guangdong Nuclear Power Holding Co is in talks with Turkey to bid for the construction of a second nuclear power plant on the Black Sea. YANG QING / XINHUA
China Guangdong Nuclear Power Holding Co issued a statement on Thursday, saying it is working with the Turkish energy ministry to continue negotiations on the building of the Sinop nuclear plant in Turkey, as competition for the project enters the final stage.
The two countries signed a nuclear energy cooperation agreement during a visit by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to China in April 2012.
The two sides officially launched negotiations on the construction of the Sinop project — Turkey's second nuclear power station to be built on the Black Sea — in November, which CGN said on Thursday had achieved consensus on multiple issues.
Ankara will announce which country will build the $22 billion project by this weekend, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz was quoted by Reuters as saying on Monday.
The announcement will coincide with the visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the Turkish capital.
Yildiz had dismissed earlier reports as "premature", that a bid headed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and France's Areva, had been chosen to build the plant.
In its statement, CGN said it will hold the majority of the investment in the plant if successful, and be responsible for project financing "without sovereign guarantees for financing as a prerequisite from Turkey".
CGN submitted its proposal for the Sinop project in November to the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources.
It proposes the building of up to eight nuclear power units, with a total annual generating capacity of up to 65 billion kWh.
The company also expects to transfer the entire ACPR1000+ nuclear power technology package — a self-developed third-generation nuclear power technology — by forming Sino-Turkish consortiums to promote localization of equipment manufacturing, construction and operations management.
"The equipment localization program can significantly enhance the Turkish nuclear power technology and equipment industry, and may create about 50,000 jobs," the CGN statement added.