Turkey, construction of a nuclear plant

Turkey’s first nuclear reactor will be operational in 2023

Upon completion, the Akkuyu nuclear power plant in Mersin province will supply 10% of Turkey’s energy needs.

Turkish government has announced the granting of the construction license for the third unit of the future Akkuyu nuclear power plant, located in the Mediterranean province of Mersin and whose first reactor is expected to be operational in 2023. Once completed, the nuclear power plant will have 4 units of 1,200 megawatts each, and will supply 10% of Turkey’s energy needs, equivalent to the energy consumption of Istanbul.

“Our energy network will be further diversified with a new energy source,” the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey underlined in a message via Twitter. In 2010, Turkey signed an agreement with Russia for the construction of what will be the country’s first nuclear power plant, although there are plans to build at least two more.

The construction of the plant was inaugurated on April 3, 2018 in a ceremony presided over by Erdoğan and Putin. The first unit of the plant (Akkuyu 1) will enter service in 2023, coinciding with the first centenary of the Turkish Republic. The foundation works for the reactor bases and the turbine buildings of the second unit – which is scheduled to go into operation in 2024 – were completed last September.

The Turkish government’s plans include the construction of a second nuclear power plant located in the province of Sinop, on the Turkish Black Sea coast; there is also another project for a third atomic plant, which would be located in the Thracian province of Kırklareli, near the border with Bulgaria.