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Turkey launches construction of first nuclear plant

Published: December 13, 2017 20:05:18 | Updated: December 14, 2017 17:05:08


Turkey has formally launched construction of its first ever nuclear power plant recently.

Turkish Atomic Energy Agency (TAEK) issued limited construction permit (LCP) to construct the plant, Akkuyu nuclear power plant, in co-operation with Russia's State Atomic Energy Corporation-Rosatom.

A statement issued by the Rosatom said a ceremony marking the launching was held at the power plant site on December 10.

Rosatom Director General Alexey Likhachev and Turkey's First Deputy Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Fatih Donmez attended the ceremony among others.

Rosatom said the Akkuyu nuclear power plant of Turkey will host power units equipped with Gen III+ VVER-1200 reactors, which correspond to the latest, so-called post-Fukushima, safety standards.

Rosatom has been engaged in Bangladesh as contractor to build the 2400 MW Rooppur nuclear power plant with a target to start power generation at the end of 2023.

Earlier this month, Bangladesh launched the main construction of country's first nuclear power plant at Rooppur of Pabna district.

According to UNB, Rooppur plant will also be equipped with VVER-1200 power units.

Similar Russian designed reactors are being offered to India for their second site after Kudankulam NPP.

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