Research underway to build third nuclear power plant in Turkey
Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 29
By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:
Research is underway on the construction of the third nuclear power plant in northwestern Turkey, the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources told Trend Jan. 29.
This area needs electricity the most, and, based on this principle, it was decided to build a nuclear power plant there, according to the ministry.
“The construction of the nuclear power plant is extremely important for Turkey, since most of the imported gas is used in the production of electricity,” said the ministry.
Earlier, the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey told Trend that the project to build a third nuclear power plant in Turkey may be implemented in northwestern Turkey.
It is expected that the third nuclear power plant in Turkey will be built jointly with China.
In early April 2018, the Turkish province of Mersin hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for laying foundation of Turkey's first nuclear power plant "Akkuyu", which was attended by the presidents of Turkey and Russia - Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin.
The agreement on the construction of Akkuyu NPP was signed on May 12, 2010 in Ankara between the Russian and Turkish governments, and on December 13 of the same year Akkuyu Nuclear JSC was registered. The Akkuyu NPP project involves the construction of four power units with Russian WWER-1200 reactor plants of 3+ generation that meet the highest post-Fukushima safety standards. The capacity of each unit will be 1200 MW. The cost of the project is estimated at $20 billion.
Turkey intends to build another nuclear power plant in Sinop in the north of the country with Japan's participation, the construction of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant with the participation of Russia.
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