Turkey revives nuclear power plans

Turkey revives nuclear power plans
# 13 February 2008 17:07 (UTC +04:00)
The minister, Hilmi Guler, said everything was ready for construction at Akkuyu, near the Mediterranean coastal town of Silifke, the state-run Anatolia news agency said.
Turkey will formally invite bids for the project on February 21, he said.
Environmentalists already unhappy because of the safety concerns over nuclear power production oppose the use of the Akkuyu site because they say it is prone to earthquakes.
Guler has said that concerns over both issues would be taken into consideration in the plant’s construction.
Studies to prepare another site at Sinop, a Black Sea port town, were also under way, Guler said.
The government has said it plans to build three nuclear power plants by 2015 to meet the country’s growing energy needs.
Turkey has limited energy resources, relying on natural gas supplies from Iran and Russia. /APA/
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