Turkey, construction of Akkuyu nuclear power plant

Turkey interested in buying small nuclear reactors

The Turkish government would be negotiating with the US to acquire 35 Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) by 2050.

Turkey is interested in purchasing small nuclear reactors, for which it has already started talks with the United States in order to seek alternative energy sources to reduce its dependence on coal, which currently supplies ⅓ of its annual energy needs through thermal power plants that use this fossil fuel.

US State Department advisory sources confirmed that “there is serious interest in nuclear power to replace coal-fired power plants”, and that Turkey could purchase up to 35 Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) with the aim of generating 20 gigawatts of electricity from nuclear power by the year 2050.

“The question now is how to work together, government with government, to facilitate cooperation between companies,” said the same source in a statement to Bloomberg, on which the Turkish Energy Ministry has declined to comment. NuScale Power Corporation and TerraPower LLC are two US companies specialized in producing SMRs, that Ankara could do business with.

At the same time, Turkey’s first nuclear power plant, the Akkuyu nuclear plant, is in its final phase of construction in the province of Mersin, on the southern coast of Anatolia. Built by the Russian state corporation Rosatom, the Turkish government does not rule out that this company linked to the Kremlin also be the one to build the second Turkish nuclear reactor in Sinop, on the Turkish Black Sea coast.