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Rosatom received permission to build a nuclear power station in Turkey

Yesterday, Russian state corporation Rosatom received the approval of the Turkish energy market regulator for the construction of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant worth $ 20 billion in the south of Turkey.

16.Jun.17 2:20 AM
By Daria Zaytseva


Rosatom received permission to build a nuclear power station in Turkey
The project for the construction of four nuclear power units was repeatedly postponed, including suspension after Turkish aircraft shot down a Russian bomber near the border with Syria in November 2015. Since then, relations between Moscow and Ankara have normalized, and work on the station has continued.

It is expected that the construction of the nuclear power station will be completed by 2023, and after reaching full capacity it should provide 6-7 percent of Turkey's electricity needs, the Energy Market Control and Regulation Agency of Turkey (EPDK) said.

Turkey, almost 100 percent dependent on imported energy, has instructed Rosatom to build four nuclear units with a capacity of 1,200 megawatts each in 2013.

Turkey spends about $ 50 billion a year on energy imports, and electricity demand in the country is one of the fastest growing in Europe. Ankara wants nuclear power accounted for at least 5 percent of its electricity generation that will reduce dependence on natural gas, mainly purchased from Russia.

Initially, Rosatom promised to complete the construction of the first four Akkuyu nuclear reactors by 2019.

The EPDK reported that Akkuyu Nukleer agreed to speed up the construction, so that all four reactors were built by 2023, when the centenary of the establishment of the Republic of Turkey will be celebrated, and not by 2025, as Moscow and Ankara previously agreed.

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