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A consortium led by French group GDF-Suez has applied to Turkey's energyregulator EPDK for a license to develop a 1.32GW power plant at Yumurtalik onTurkey's east Mediterranean coast, an EPDK spokesman told Platts Monday.

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The spokesman confirmed that the application had been made by aconsortium calling itself Ada Enerji consisting of GDF Suez, InternationalPower and Mimag Enerji and that the planned plant will burn imported hardcoal.

The application is not the first made to develop large plant atYumurtalik burning imported coal.

Last week an official for Turkey's Bilgin Enerji Yatirim Holding confirmed toPlatts that it had applied for a license to develop a 1,370 MW plant atYumurtalik burning imported coal, through a subsidiary Suba Enerji Uretim.

Interest in developing coal-fired plant in Turkey has increaseddramatically recently following statements by Energy Minister Taner Yildizthat Turkey has to diversify away from using imported gas to generate powerand to make more of its underused domestic coal reserves, and by deputy primeminister Ali Babacan that he is planning to introduce investment incentivesto encourage further development of coal-fired power plant.

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