Russia will start building Turkey's first nuclear power plant estimated at $20 billion in 2013, Russian ambassador to Ankara Vladimir Ivanovsky said on Sunday.
"The launch of the plant's first power unit is planned for 2018 while the other three will be launched with an interval of one year. The fourth power unit will be put into operation in 2021 and the plant's reactors are designed to operate for 60 years. The project for the construction of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant under the Russian design is a strategic area of Russian-Turkish cooperation," the diplomat said.
Russia and Turkey signed an intergovernmental agreement on the construction and operation of Turkey's first nuclear power plant during a visit by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to Ankara on May 12, 2010.
The project stipulates the construction of four power units with a capacity of 1.2 GW each under the Russian design, using VVER pressurized water reactors. The nuclear power plant will be built by Russia's Atomstroyexport civilian nuclear power corporation near the Mediterranean port of Mersin in the Akkuyu area.
The project stipulates the establishment of a nuclear engineering company to put the nuclear power plant into operation. The company will be wholly owned by Russia at the initial stage.
ANKARA, December 12 (RIA Novosti)