Turkey hopes result in Japan nuke talks by late March

Yildiz said Turkey wanted to complete 3 power plants with 12 reactors until the end of 2023.

Turkey hopes result in Japan nuke talks by late March

Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz has said ongoing negotiations with Japan --for the construction of its second nuclear power plant-- would come to a certain point until the end of March.

Minister Yildiz and Director-General of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency Luis Echavarri spoke to reporters Wednesday after the nuclear energy conference hosted by Turkish Atomic Anergy Authority in Ankara.

Yildiz said delegations of the two countries met almost every week seeking agreement on principles and terms and negotiations.

"Japanese teams are due in Turkey. We are making a hard bargain. I believe in two or three months, or by the end of March negotiations will have reached a certain point," said Yildiz.

Yildiz said Turkey wanted to complete 3 power plants with 12 reactors until the end of 2023.

Turkey recently signed a deal with Russia for the construction of its first power plant in Akkuyu, Mersin, which will be completed until 2022. The first reactor of this plant is expected to start operating in 2018.

Luis Echavarri, in his part said, cost was one of the most important issues in building nuclear power plants, noting that the deal Turkey signed with Russia was very advantageous in terms of cost and funding.

"Turkey, thanks to the deal it signed with the Russian Federation, will enjoy benefits of nuclear energy without drawing any significant funds from the Turkish economy. This is a very good deal for Turkey," said Echavarri.

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