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Turkey will send 100 nuclear engineering students to Russia for training as part of the country's bid to diversify its energy sources, Turkish energy minister said Tuesday.
Turkey has already sent 190 students to Russian universities since 2011, Taner Yildiz told Anadolu Agency.
Russian energy company Rosatom signed an agreement in 2011 to build and operate a 1,200 MW unit nuclear power plant in Mersin Province on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast.
The students will have a chance to work at the Akkuyu nuclear power plant.
In addition to a five year education, the students will receive one year of Russian language training. The students will also have the option to continue with a post-graduate education and an apprenticeship program.
"We hope to make the Turkish public familiar with nuclear energy for and the type of resources needed to operate the industry," says Yildiz.
Up to 600 Turkish students will receive their education in Russia.
Rosatom is currently in negotiations with Turkish universities about creating nuclear education programs with their Russian counterparts.
Turkey also plans to build a second nuclear plant in the port city of Sinop on the Black Sea coast with a Franco-Japanese consortium, and a third in the Kirklaeli district with domestic funding and engineers.
Turkey's babysteps in nuclear power
Turkey is in the process of becoming a nuclear power as plans for two nuclear power stations in the next ten years are underway, Turkey's Deputy Energy Minister Murat Mercan has said.
The country's first nuke plant, Akkuyu, in the Mersin province on the Mediterranean coast is being built by Russian state company Rosatom. The second nuclear plant will be located in northern Turkey's Sinop province on the Black Sea coast and it will be built by a Japanese-French consortium.
Turkey is pressing forward with an ambitious nuclear program to meet 10 percent of its electricity by 2023 and reduce its dependence on imports of oil and gas to secure its energy supply.
Turkey intends to build a third nuclear power plant but its plans are dependent on the performance of the plants at Akkuyu and Sinop.
"Cooperation and communication is necessary for nuclear energy and we wish to keep continue this process with international partners," Mercan told Anadolu Agency Tuesday on the sidelines of a nuclear energy conference in Ankara, the Turkish capital.
Mercan said that price negotiations on electricity produced in the Akkuyu plant were ongoing and 50 percent of the electricity production would be priced at around 12 cents per kilowatt.
It is planned that 70 percent of the energy produced from the plant will be purchased by Turkey, according to the outline of the agreement. The aim is to reduce this to around 50 percent within 20 years.
Mercan said that more domestic producers would take part in the construction of nuke plants and he believed that the role of Turkish companies would increase as the new such plants develop.Last Mod: 26 Şubat 2014, 11:58