Turkey to Start Building 1st Nuclear Plant in 2013
    2011-12-08 22:51:14     Xinhua       Web Editor: Fuyu

Turkey plans to start building its first nuclear power plant in 2013 in Akkuyu in southern Mersin province, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported on Thursday.

Speaking at a press conference in Mersin on Thursday, Deputy Director Rauf Kasumov of the Akkuyu NGS Corporation, a company founded by Russia to build the Akkuyu nuclear plant, said that " the first reactor will become operational in 2019," according to the Anatolia report.

The Akkuyu project, scheduled to complete in 2022, will employ high technology in an effort to prevent radiation leak, Kasumov was quoted as saying.

In May last year, Turkey signed with Russia a deal to cooperate in constructing and operating the Akkuyu nuclear power plant, which includes four units of 1,200 megawatts Russian-design VVER reactors.

Russia will fuel the Turkish nuclear plant and transport the nuclear waste, which could be used for many times as well, to Russia, Kasumov said.

On Saturday, Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan told a press conference that his country was eager to start operating the nuclear power plant as soon as possible.

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