Turkey Approves Nuclear Deal With Japan and France

nuclear_power_plant_150114The Turkish parliament has approved an agreement with Japan for the construction of the country’s second nuclear power plant in the northern province of Sinop on the Black Sea coast, an official statement on Wednesday said.

An intergovernmental agreement on the construction of the power plant was signed in 2013 by then-Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan who is currently serving as Turkey’s president, and his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe.

Implementation of the Turkish second power plant project will be carried out by a Japanese-French consortium and is scheduled for completion by 2023, the year of the Turkish Republic’s 100th anniversary.

The first Turkish power plant, a Russian designed project, is due to be built at the Akkuyu site in Turkey with construction due to start in April 2015. The plant will have four power units of 1200 megawatt (MW) each, producing a total of about 35 billion kilowatt-hours per year. The project’s cost is estimated at about $20 billion.