The head of a leading Turkish chamber of commerce said on Saturday that Turkey needed more than one nuclear power plant.
Releasing a written statement, Sinan Aygun, the chairman of Ankara Chamber of Commerce (ATO), said various scenarios claimed that Turkey would face an electricity crisis starting from 2014 or 2015 due to the revival that started recently in its economy.
"Therefore, Turkey needs to build several nuclear power plants as soon as possible," Aygun said.
According to a report prepared by ATO based on Energy Market Regulatory Authority's (EPDK) studies on Turkey's 10-year production capacity estimations, Turkey's electricity demand would increase to 202.7 billion kw/h in 2010.
Presuming that a high electricity demand would occur due to the growth in economy, such figure would grow by 6.5 percent in 2011 and by 7.5 percent in the following years, reaching 357.2 billion kw/h by the year 2018, ATO's report said.
This would mean Turkey would not be able to meet its electricity demand starting from 2014 or 2015, the report added.
"These estimations show that Turkey has been late in making nuclear plant investments. If we had started to build nuclear power plants 10 years ago, we would not be talking about electricity deficit today. If we delay it some more time, we might have to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the foundation of our republic in dark," Aygun said.
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