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BHEL, Russian firm INTMA ink MoU to set up power plant in Kazakhstan

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a Russian company INTMA to set up a gas-based power project in Kazakhstan.

The MoU aims set combined path to execute projects of mutual interest in Russia and Kazakhstan.  In this regard, BHEL’s competence in design and manufacturing of power plants will play important role and INTMA’s strength in handling engineering procurement and construction contractors (EPC) contracts will implement the projects.

By signing this MoU, BHEL will be able to expand its footprint in the commonwealth of independent states (CIS) region.

At present, BHEL is has a presence in more than 75 countries and is executing 23 major projects in 16 countries. The state owned company is primarily engaged in manufacturing of power plant equipment like steam turbines, gas turbines, hydro turbines and boilers.

While, INTMA is Russia and Kazakhstan’s one of the leading general EPC.  It has wide experience in industrial construction, automation, renovation of facilities and other energy related sectors.

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Turkey begins construction of first nuclear power plant

Turkey on 14 April 2015 began the construction of its first nuclear power plant located at Akkuyu in Mersin province on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.

It will be built by Akkuyu Project Company, a subsidiary of Russia’s nuclear agency Rosatom.

Key Facts

  • In 2010, Turkey and Russia had signed an agreement to set up $20 billion Akkuyu nuclear project.
  • Akkuyu Project Company will own, build and operate the plant that comprises four 1,200 MW VVER units.
  • The site was chosen at Akkuyu by Turkish government because it has low population density and low risk of earthquakes.

It should be noted that Akkuyu nuclear plant is the first of three nuclear power plants planned by Turkey. Second plant is due to be built in the Black Sea city of Sinop by a French-Japanese consortium and third plant’s location is not finalised yet.

With these nuclear plants, Turkish government is aiming to bring greater energy self-sufficiency by reducing its dependence on energy imports from like Russia and Iran.

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Winners of 2015 Miami Open Titles

Men’s Singles Title

World No. 1 and Serbian ace tennis player Novak Djokovic has won the 2015 Miami Open Men’s Singles Title. In the final match he defeated Britain’s Andy Murray by 7-6 (7-3) 4-6 6-0 score. This was Djokovic’s fifth Miami Open trophy.

Women’s singles Title

World No. 1 and American ace tennis player Serena Williams has won the 2015 Miami Open Women’s singles Title. In the final match she defeated Spain’s Carla Suárez Navarro by 6-2, 6-0 score.

Men’s doubles Title

American Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan pair has won the 2015 Miami Open Men’s doubles Title. In the final match they defeated Vasek Pospisil (Canada) and Jack Sock (US) pair by 6–3, 1–6, 10–8 score.

Women’s doubles Title

India’s Sania Mirza and Switzerland’s Martina Hingis pair has won 2015 Miami Open Women’s doubles Title. In the final match they defeated Russian pair of Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina by 7–5, 6–1 score.

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