Building Turkey’s first nuclear plant to commence this year – Erdogan

Russia’s construction of Turkey’s first nuclear power reactor will begin later this year, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday.

Speaking at an event to mark a natural gas plant expansion, Erdogan said he would be discussing the matter soon with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, after the completion of the project’s infrastructure.

The USD 20 billion Akkuyu nuclear power plant, carried out by Russian state nuclear agency Rosatom, is set to be completed in 2023.

Turkey aims to lessen its dependency on oil and gas imports, which generate half of the power provided to homes, and which cost the country a hefty annual USD 60 billion.

Source: Kuwait News Agency