Azerbaijan, Baku, September 20 /Trend R.Hafizoglu/
Turkey is not an oil country, Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yildiz said on Friday, TRT Haber TV Channel reported.
According to him, despite the fact that Turkey is not an oil country, there is oil in its bowels.
He also added that for the moment the Ministry does not have precise information on hydrocarbon reserves of the country.
Speaking about the construction of a new NPP in the country, the minister said that the nuclear power plant will reduce Turkey's dependence on energy supplies from abroad.
"New nuclear power plant in Turkey will be the safest in the world," Yildiz said.
The first nuclear power plant Akkuyu, in Turkey, will be built by a Russian project that includes the construction of four VVER-1200 power units. The agreement on the construction of the station was signed in May 2010.
Earlier Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey will be able to build the third nuclear power plant in the country completely on its own. He also added that for the construction of the third nuclear power plant Turkey is preparing domestic personnel and sending them to study abroad.
He said that Turkey provides the highest level of security during the construction of nuclear power plants, but no one is ever secure from accidents.
The capacity of each unit will be 1,200 MW, the total capacity - 4800 MW. It is assumed that the units will be commissioned in sequence at intervals of one year.
In addition, on May 4 Turkey and Japan signed an agreement to the amount of $22 billion to build a second nuclear power plant in the Sinop area of Turkey.
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