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Turkey planning for 3 nuclear power plants by 2023

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Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yıldız on Friday said Turkey will have three functioning nuclear power plants by 2023.
Yıldız was speaking at a press conference convened to discuss developments concerning the Akkuyu nuclear power plant, which will be Turkey’s first nuclear power plant once completed. The energy minister underlined that the country will not be satisfied with one nuclear power plant but that it aims to have three functioning nuclear power plants by 2023.

“We are set on constructing these nuclear power plants. Nuclear energy is a must if we want to diversify our supply of energy,” he added.

Parliament approved a bill on an agreement between Russia and Turkey for the construction of Turkey’s first nuclear power plant in the coastal town of Akkuyu, Mersin province, in July 2010. According to the agreement, signed during Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s official visit to Turkey in May 2010, Russia will build and operate the Akkuyu nuclear power plant. A consortium led by state-controlled Russian builder AtomStroyExport will construct the plant in Akkuyu, undertaking the entire cost of construction, estimated at around $20 billion.

The firm will be able to transfer up to 49 percent of its shares to another firm. The Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation (Rosatom) and the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources will represent the two sides in the agreement. Furthermore, the energy minister underlined that Turkey imports most of its primary energy needs, adding that the country’s foreign energy dependence is around 70-72 percent of its total energy consumption. When considering Turkey’s economic growth of 7-8 percent, Yıldız said energy demand is expected to rise annually by 4,000-5,000 megawatts (MW). He added that several governments attempted four times over 50 years to construct a nuclear plant but none managed to do so.

While Turkey is getting closer to having its first nuclear power plant, public opinion seems uneasy concerning the level of technology the Russians have to offer Turkey and the overall safety conditions of the nuclear reactor they are to build as memories of the Chernobyl disaster are still fresh in people’s minds. When asked what kind of technology will be used at the nuclear power plant, Yıldız stressed that they will not choose the cheapest available.

“We are not talking about a project that will be ready in a couple of years. Taking into account the licensing of the nuclear power plant, this project will last 75-80 years. The technology [nuclear energy] used in nuclear power plants 40 years ago is already out of date. We will use the latest technology,” he noted.

In a previous statement to Today’s Zaman, Sinan Ülgen, a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe in Brussels and chairman of the Center for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies (EDAM) in İstanbul, said Russian technology is considered sufficiently safe. He noted the reactor offered to Turkey is from a totally different generation than the infamous Chernobyl design.

“The only caveat in this respect is that there is as of yet no operational track record for the proposed reactor in Akkuyu. By the time the reactor is built, however, a similar reactor will have already been completed and started operation in China,”

Ülgen added.

Its good to see that Turkey is pushing ahead with its nuclear power program in an attempt to satisfy their future needs.

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Reader Comments (4)

Anyone account for the pounding of the Uranium/Rare metal sector these last few days?

February 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoeBronx

Unrest in the Middle East with potentially higher oil prices, might bring our economies down into recession levels again, or even worse. The dreaded double dip recession scenario. People just stop spending except for food which is getting out of reach to many more poor unfortunates due to inflation and speculators.

February 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdaveydog

I believe so stimuli what they are saying about chinas nuclear future in this article. They are going to secure there position on uranium supply before they build the hundreds of plants they need.

Does Uranium reproduce or is there a finite amount of it in the world? Does the earth generate more and can it be replicated artificially?

February 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterValrie


We understand the following:

The weekly uranium prices were published last night by Ux Consulting, spot uranium price moved down to $68.75/lb. (-3.50) and long-term uranium prices remained unchanged at $73.00/lb

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterUranium Stocks

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