Turkish Energy Minister: 3 more nuclear power plants planned
Turkey plans to build three more nuclear power plants in addition to the Akuyu nuclear power plant, Salih Sarı, director general of the Ministry of Energy’s Nuclear Energy and International Projects Department, said on June 20.
Speaking at the 9th Nuclear Power Plant NPPES Summit in Istanbul, Salih Sarı said: “We will continue to work with Russia and South Korea on
consultations on the construction of the Sinop nuclear power plant in northern Turkey. We are discussing with China the construction of a third nuclear power plant in Thrace in western Turkey. We are in discussions with American, British and French companies regarding the construction of a 4th nuclear power plant with small modular reactors.”
Salih Sara noted that “in addition to the ‘Akuyu’ nuclear power plant, Turkey plans to build three more nuclear power plants with at least 12 units.”
The Akuyu nuclear power plant, which Russia is involved in building, is the first nuclear power plant in Turkey. It is planned that after all four units equipped with Russian VVER-1200 reactors are in operation, the plant will have an annual power generation capacity of 35 billion kWh, which will meet 10% of Turkey’s electricity needs.