ANKARA (Reuters) - A tender to construct and operate Turkey's first nuclear power plant has attracted interest from five countries, government spokesman Cemil Cicek said on Monday.
"Five countries have shown interest in the nuclear tender so far," said Cicek, following the government's weekly cabinet meeting, and named Canada, Japan, France, Belgium and Russia.
He said the companies had made applications for the nuclear station tender but did not specify whether companies from those countries had submitted bids or had bought tender documents.
Turkey, facing an energy shortfall, has set a September 24 deadline for bids to build its first nuclear power plant. Ankara plans three nuclear plants in total with a total production capacity of 5,000 megawatts.
Turkish firms Sabanci Holding, construction firm Enka Insaat and Zorlu Enerji had previously said they were interested in the tender.
Reporting by Selcuk Gokoluk