Turkey in talks with France over N-power plant

Taner Yildiz said his ministry formed three teams to hold talks with Russia, Japan and France.

Turkey in talks with France over N-power plant

Turkey's energy minister said Friday that French companies had declared interest to build a nuclear power plant in Turkey.

Turkey is already in talks with Japan for a nuclear plant on the northern Black Sea coast.

"We are also in talks with France," Taner Yildiz told a press conference in Ankara.

Last May, Turkey signed a 20-billion-USD deal with Russia for construction of Turkey's first nuclear power plant on the southern Mediterranean coast. Turkish government plans to have nuclear plants up and running by 2023.

Russian company is likely to start building the Akkuyu nuclear power plant in 2013 and the first reactor is planned to generate electricity in 2018.

Taner Yildiz said his ministry formed three teams to hold talks with Russia, Japan and France. He said several French energy giants including Areva, GDF and EDF made proposals to the government.

"We are now working on these proposals but we will give priority to Japan," he said.

Turkey and Japan started nuclear plant talks in November 2010 after a failure with South Korea's state nuclear company KEPCO.


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