Russia conducts studies for nuke power plant in Turkey

Russia will launch engineering works for a nuclear power plant planned to be constructed in southern Turkey.

Russia conducts studies for nuke power plant in Turkey

Russia will launch engineering works for a nuclear power plant planned to be constructed in southern Turkey.

A Russian delegation visited Buyukeceli hamlet in Gulnar town of the southern province of Mersin on Tuesday.

"We will launch engineering works as soon as possible," Alexandr Sperfin, a member of the 15-member team responsible for the project, told AA correspondent.

Sperfin said they carried out meteorologic, marine and seismic studies in the region, and they would apply for licenses soon.

"We will employ many workers and other staff since this is a giant project," Sperfin said.

Sperfin said the Russian Federation was attaching great importance to the project, and would cooperate with Turkish companies when implementing the project.

"We will not only establish a nuclear power plant, but we will do our best to train people," Sperfin said.

Sperfin said Turkey was Russia's long-term strategic partner, at first 100 people would come to the hamlet.

"This number will rise to 1,000 and then 10,000 in coming years," Sperfin also said.

The delegation later departed from Buyukeceli hamlet.

In May 2010, Turkey and Russia signed a deal for construction of Turkey's first nuclear power plant in Akkuyu, a small town on the Mediterranean coast, which is expected to cost about 20 billion USD. Russian state-owned atomic power company ROSATOM is likely to start building the Akkuyu nuclear power plant in 2013 and the first reactor is planned to generate electricity in 2018.

Russia will build four 1,200 megawatt units on Akkuyu site, and run the power plant for 60 years. Turkish state-owned electricity corporation has guaranteed to buy a fixed amount of the plant's output over the first 15 years starting from initial commercial operation at a reported price of 12.35 US cents per kWh, with the rest of the electricity to be sold on the open market by the project company.


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