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Turkey to Restart Ankara Gas Grid Sale This Month, Aksu Says

July 14, 2011

July 14 (Bloomberg) -- Turkey’s state asset sales agency aims to offer the natural gas grid in Ankara for sale this month and conclude the auction process by the end of the year, the agency’s head said.

The agency is also waiting until July 25 to see if winning bidders for electricity distribution grids will deposit the collateral Turkey’s demanding, Ahmet Aksu, acting head of the agency, said in an interview in Ankara late yesterday. Authorities will offer grids to the second-placed bidders if the winners fail to deposit the required collateral, he said.

The process is a legal obligation and it’s to be expected that it causes a few months delay in the conclusion of the sales, Aksu said.

Turkey canceled an earlier sale of the Ankara gas grid after the winning bidders failed to make the payment.

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