Initial design plans for Turkey's first nuclear plant revealed

An initial design image of Turkey's first nuclear power plant in the coastal town of Akkuyu. (Photo: Cihan)

July 24, 2012, Tuesday/ 11:17:00

The private Cihan news agency has gotten hold of images of the initial design of Turkey's first nuclear power plant, planned to be built in the coastal town of Akkuyu.

The images show what the nuclear power plant is expected to look like when it is completed. Officials from Akkuyu NGS told Cihan that they wanted to give the public an idea of what it would look with the 3D images. However, they added that the image do not represent the final look of the project.

Turkish Parliament approved an agreement between Russia and Turkey for the construction of a nuclear power plant in Akkuyu in July 2010. According to the agreement, which was signed during Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's official visit to Turkey in May 2010, the two countries will cooperate on the construction and operation of the power plant.

A consortium led by state-controlled Russian builder Atomstroyexport will construct the plant in Akkuyu, paying the whole cost of construction for the nuclear plant, which is estimated to be around $20 billion. The firm will be able to transfer up to 49 percent of its shares to another firm.

The Turkish government sees the project as central to reducing dependency on energy imports and maintains a pro-nuclear energy stance despite fears that nuclear power plants would pose grave risks to the country, which is crisscrossed by numerous fault lines.

 

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