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Friday, June 27, 2008

Turkey Confirms Location of Second Nuclear Power Plant, Bids to Be Opened Sep 08

Turkey's energy minister announced on Thursday that Turkey would construct its second nuclear power plant in a Black Sea city.

Energy & Natural Resources Minister Hilmi Guler said that the plant would be built in the northern city of Sinop, and the tender would be held in 2008.

"The dimensions of the second nuclear power plant have not been determined yet, but it will not be smaller than the one to be constructed in Mersin's Akkuyu town (south of Turkey)," Guler told reporters.

Guler said that the second nuclear plant would be in Inceburun hamlet of Sinop, but told reporters that the type of tender and the details had not been shaped up yet.

Six firms/consortia have got specifications for the tender for 4,000-megawatt nuclear power plant in Akkuyu. They are AECL Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (Canada), Itochu Corporation (Japan), Vinci Construction Grand Projects (France), Suez Tractebel (France- Belgium), Atostroyexport (Russia), KEPCO (South Korea).

Bids for the tender will be opened on September 24th, 2008.

Originally published by Anatolia news agency, Ankara, in English 0725 26 Jun 08.

(Source: RedOrbit)


Anonymous said...

Wow I didn't realize that first Turkish plant already had go ahead, and was so large. 4,000 megawatts is some serious electricity. With this new plant being even larger, nuclear is going to a be a great part of Turkey's generation.

I remember calculating last time Turkey came up on this blog that they probably have a generation capacity of 25 gigawatts or so in the whole country.


Alexandra Prokopenko said...

Yes, this is what struck me about this news as well. Turkey is going nuclear full speed.

Anonymous said...

Its also another example of how great this market is for nuclear reactors. Few would have thought of Turkey as a major market, yet if they buy like 8 reactors that is a heck of a lot. Like an optimistic projection of what a major European nation would build(if they actually decided to go nuclear).

There is so many different nations with great population or economies today that even if some nations choose to sit on the sidelines pouting about the nuclear renaissance.. it doesn't make much difference.


Alexandra Prokopenko said...

I suppose it is also much easier for nations like Turkey to build plants - they do not have a strong antinucleaer lobby in the government, and the population is not so "environment-minded" as in the developed EU countries like Germany or Sweden. Turkey just needs to sign a contract and get the construction going.

Anonymous said...

Sort of ironic but classic that the great barrier to the cleanest technology, is the environmental movement.

I've been arguing for some time that the 'greens' couldn't care less about the environment but instead are pushing other ideologies. Like ludditism or agrarian collectivism.