Russia, Turkey to discuss nuke plant construction
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 21
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Economic and political relations between Russia and Turkey will be mulled during the Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Turkey, the Turkish Star newspaper reported.
Putin's visit to Turkey is scheduled for Dec. 1, 2014.
The construction of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant in Turkey will be one of the important topics of discussion during the visit.
It is also expected to discuss regional problems.
Earlier, it was reported that the Russian company Atomstroyexport, which is engaged in designing and construction of the first nuclear power plant Akkuyu in Turkey's Mersin province, is seeking partners among Turkish companies for the nuclear power plant's construction.
Atomstroyexport is ready to hand over 49 percent of stake in the project to the Turkish companies.
The Turkish companies may be in particular entrusted the works on building an infrastructure for the nuclear power plant.
The construction works, as part of the project, are expected to start in two years. Currently, work is underway to find out a possible impact of the nuclear power plant on the environment.
The nuclear power plant's first unit will come on stream in 2019, and the power plant itself will be commissioned the same year.
Earlier, the Akkuyu NGS A.Ş. CEO Alexander Superfin said that the construction of the nuclear power plant will cost $20 billion.
Over $1 billion have already been invested in the project, and within a year the investments will be increased to $3 billion, he said.
Turkey's first nuclear power plant Akkuyu will be built in line with a Russian project, including the construction of four VVER-1200 power units.
The agreement for the nuclear power plant's construction was signed in May 2010.
The capacity of each unit of the power plant will be 1,200 megawatts. The units are planned to be commissioned successively, at intervals of one year.
Edited by S.I.