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Energy Minister Taner Yıldız said on Monday that Ankara will declare by the weekend which country will construct its $22 billion second nuclear power station, an announcement that will coincide with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to the Turkish capital.
The Japanese prime minister is due in Turkey on May 2 to meet with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Yıldız's statements add to earlier speculation that Ankara had chosen a consortium headed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and France's Areva to build the plant, which is predicted to have a capacity of around 4,500-5,000 megawatts (MW), in the Black Sea province of Sinop. "We are about to finalize the agreement for the construction of the second power plant. China and Japan are the frontrunners," Yıldız told reporters on Monday. Apart from China and Japan, Turkey had also been in talks with companies from Canada and South Korea on the planned Sinop plant.
“Ankara has repeatedly noted it wants to see Japanese technology in its second nuclear plant, so everything is going as planned within this context. … The energy minister is just delaying the announcement because, as he earlier said, such an important project needs to be declared by the prime minister,” sources familiar with the issue told Today's Zaman.
Turkey signed a deal with Russia's Rosatom in 2010 to build its first nuclear power station. Rosatom will start construction in mid-2015 and it expects electricity production to start in 2019, its deputy general manager said in February. Turkish energy sources said the consortium had proposed installing Areva's Atmea reactors, the 1,100 megawatt pressurized water reactors developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Areva in a joint venture. To date, this reactor has not been sold or built anywhere, but Areva hopes to sell it in Turkey, Jordan, Vietnam and Argentina.
Last Mod: 30 Nisan 2013, 09:52