World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish parliament has approved a bill on agreement between Turkey and Russia on construction of Akkuyu nuclear power plant.
The parliament enacted the bill approving the cooperation agreement signed by Turkey and Russia in the Turkish capital of Ankara on May 12, 2010, Anadolu Agency.
According to the agreement, the two countries will cooperate in construction and operation of nuclear power plant in Akkuyu in southern province of Mersin. Russian party will launch procedure for establishment of project's company.
A group of Greenpeace activists submitted 170,000 signatures, collected against the erection of the nuclear power stations, to members of the Turkish Parliament from the Republican People's Party (CHP) and Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) on Tuesday.
Earlier, BDP's Nezir Karatas and Serafettin Halis and four CHP deputies received the signatures on behalf of their respective political parties.
Halis had said BDP would not extend support to the draft law on Nuclear Cooperation, Halis said.
The power plant will have the total capacity of 4,800 MW.
Akkuyu will be the first nuclear power plant in Turkey.
The nuclear energy power plant is expected to meet 14 percent of the energy Turkey currently generates.