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SOUTHERN ELECTRIC INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCES PROJECT IN TURKEY

 ATLANTA, Feb. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern Electric International Inc. has been selected to develop cost-analysis and tariff structures for the Turkish Electric Authority and to conduct an efficiency review of some of the utility's power stations, transmission and distribution systems and other operational functions, Southern Electric President Tom Boren announced today.
 The 12-month study by Southern Electric is part of a comprehensive corporate restructuring program initiated by the Turkish Electric Authority, with assistance from the World Bank, to enhance the utility's financial and operational efficiency.
 Southern Electric will administer the first phase of the utility's Operational Management Improvement Program, which will focus on identifying potential power system improvements, as well as formulation of rate-setting, load-forecasting and cost-accounting mechanisms.
 As part of the project, Southern Electric will examine a number of generating plants, distribution and transmission facilities, load dispatch controls and other components of the utility's operations to assist in increasing the system's efficiency and reliability.
 The Turkish Electric Authority is a state-owned electric utility serving 14 million customers. The Ankara-based utility employs about 68,000 people and operates 14,727 megawatts of fossil and hydro capacity.
 About 44 percent of the utility's generation is hydro. Most of the fossil capacity is fueled by indigenous lignite, fuel oil, and natural gas. The Turkish Electric Authority also operates more than 19,000 miles (31,000 km) of transmission lines and is a major exporter of electric power.
 The utility owns 89 percent of Turkey's installed generation capacity and is responsible for about 93 percent of the electricity sold in the country. Annual sales are about 47.4 million megawatt-hours and the utility's system peak in 1991 was 9,965 megawatts.
 Southern Electric has performed six consulting projects for the Turkish Electric Authority over the past eight years.
 Southern Electric, a subsidiary of The Southern Company, designs, builds, owns, and operates power production facilities and provides a broad range of technical services to industrial companies and utilities in the U.S. and international markets.
 The Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is also the parent firm of five electric utilities: Alabama Power, Georgia Power, Gulf Power, Mississippi Power and Savannah Electric. Together, these companies make up one of the largest investor-owned electric utility groups in the United States.
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