Turkiye advances nuclear ambitions: Talks with global partners for new power plants and modular reactors

Turkiye is in talks with Russia, China, and South Korea about the planned second and third nuclear power plants. The country is also negotiating with the US and UK for small modular reactors. This was stated by the Minister of Energy, Alparslan Bayraktar. Turkiye wants to speed up its activities to build the second nuclear power plant in Sinop and a third plant in the northwestern part of the country.

By 2050, Turkiye should have an installed capacity of over 20,000 megawatts. Some of them may be large NPPs, and others may be small modular reactors, which is very important to transform our energy industry, he stated.

The first nuclear power plant in Turkiye – Akkuyu will have 4 VVER-1200 reactors and is expected to cover about 10% of the energy needs of the country. According to Bayraktar, it is the world’s largest nuclear construction site. According to the plan, all four power units should be operational by 2028.

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