ENERGY > Turkey in 3rd nuke plant bid


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This image shows a model of Turkey’s second nuclear power plant to be built in
the Black Sea city of Sinop. There are four bidders currently in the running.

This image shows a model of Turkey’s second nuclear power plant to be built in the Black Sea city of Sinop. There are four bidders currently in the running.

France and the United States could bid to construct energy-hungry Turkey’s third nuclear power plant, Energy Minister Taner Yıldız has said, according to daily Milliyet.

“The negotiations for Turkey’s second nuclear power plant are a precursor to negotiations for the third nuclear power plant. For the second plant, we will choose one of four competing countries,” Yıldız said Oct. 20 at Turkey’s Nuclear Energy Production Forum.

“We have told the bidders that those who are not chosen for the second plant still have a chance for the third plant. Furthermore, there could be interest from countries which have thus far not shown interest in the first two plants,” said Yıldız.

France provides 74 percent of its own energy from nuclear power and is very experienced in this field but could not bid for Turkey’s first two plants due to political reasons. The U.S. could follow the Russian model of bidding for contracts with a strategic partner, the newspaper said.

Russia’s state-run Rosatom is building Turkey’s first nuclear facility in the southern province of Mersin. Japanese, South Korean, Chinese and Canadian firms are shortlisted for the second plant in the northern province of Sinop.

No decision has yet been made over the exact location of a third plant, but sources have speculated that it will be built in the Black Sea town of İğneada by the Bulgarian boarder.

Deputy Energy Minister Murat Mercan, who also spoke at the forum, said renewable and sustainable energy was key to the country’s development.

“Global energy consumption is going to increase by 50 percent by 2020, and developing countries will account for most of this demand. It does not seem possible to provide global clean energy without nuclear power,” he said. “Our country needs nuclear energy since it is so dependent on foreign energy sources.”

The construction of the first power unit of the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant will be completed in 2019, Akkuyu NGS Corporation Deputy Director General Rauf Kasumov told Anatolia news agency on Oct. 20, adding that Turkey’s energy needs were increasing in tandem with the country’s population boom. The company was founded by Rosatom with a specific task to build and operate the plant.

Turkey’s electricity consumption is doubling every 10 years, said Kasumov, adding that Turkey’s own energy resources were limited and that the cheapest and least harmful energy production option was nuclear.

Kasumov said 3,500 people would work at the power plant, contributing to the region’s development.


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mara mcglothin

10/27/2012 1:08:59 AM

MURAT The only problems with that? The construction industry in Turkey is completely unregulated and notorious for cutting corners and under the table deals that do not make me feel very confident in the safeity of these plants. One small miss is a huge disaster, and then you add the possibility of natural disaster. I am not suggesting that Turkey shouldn't develop nuclear power, BUT and change in current business practices is in order or it could be disastrous for the whole country.


10/22/2012 9:03:50 PM

Nuclear energy is essential and inevitable for not just energy security and economy but also for a clean future. This is the plain fact. Sooner we learn to master it, better and safer it will be.

ilker avni

10/22/2012 8:40:16 PM

Turkey has been dreaming of these projects ,for years now we have been hearing about the ambitions of the Turkish goverment,and belive me the first project given to Russia to build and own the site charging Turkey for the electricity has got to be the worst decision ever made,so i can only imangine the rest will be the same as the first.

Tekion Particle

10/22/2012 8:03:34 PM

While most countries that have nuclear power are searching for alternatives to do away with it, Turkey in the other hand is going the other way. I don't think Turkish politicians follow the news at all if they did they would know better. Investment in renewable energy sources is the way to go. What about investing in fusion research cleanest form of energy and no radiation issues? First one to develop it will corner the market and patent rights.

Brit in Turkey

10/22/2012 7:10:22 PM

For those that do not wish there to be nuclear power stations in Turkey, please visit Yatağan on the Muğla-Izmir road to see a "little" pollution from a power station. I pity the population of the town. I notice that the dissenters here do not come up with any alternatives. Cover the country with windmills? Has anyone seen any actually working?

dogan kemal ileri

10/22/2012 7:05:23 PM

@Blue Dotterel So I must have wasted my time in persuing an honours degree in Physics followed by a masters degree in Nuclear Physics all the way back in 1972.I agree with most of what you say in your comments but not all by any means but tone down the arrogance will you and don't be so presumptious.I will still read your comments avidly though.

Blue Dotterel

10/22/2012 5:08:10 PM

Kemal, you obviously know little about the nuclear industry. It is far from "safe". It is expensive to build and maintain a nuclear power plant, more so than any other energy industry. It is not possible to safely dispose of nuclear waste. Turkey should be developing solar and wind energies, and researching improvement in battery storage. Despite a wealth of both energy sources, Turkey spends nothing on serious research. It wastes it the foreign controlled nuclear industry instead.


10/22/2012 4:16:31 PM

We need nuclear weapons as much as nuclear energy, so Turkey should invest in both, i am sure our intelligence servoces have the know-how to make a nuke otherwise our ally Pakistan will be glad to help us. We will modernize all their F-16's in return :D Turkey with nuclear weapons will make everyone in the Middle-East to behave like a gentleman.

anton supertramp

10/22/2012 2:34:44 PM

Turkey should develop nuclear weapons as a mean of deterrence, the need for these weapons are crucial in coming years.. these nuclear plants is a good first step, second is to quit being signatory to NPT,

dogan kemal ileri

10/22/2012 1:44:48 PM

Despite some problems the nuclear energy industry is still by far and away the most professionally run and safest industry.Nothing is 100% safe and to expect that is unreasonable.Turkiye needs nuclear power not just to save its foreign reserves but also to lunch its acquisition of high technology industries to secure much greater wealth than is produced today.This is the next and ultimate phase of our development and nothing will stop it.
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