Country profile: Turkey

Summary figures for 2016

The following information is from the NEA publication Nuclear Energy Data, the annual compilation of official statistics and country reports on nuclear energy in OECD member countries.

Number of nuclear power plants connected to the grid
Nuclear electricity generation
(net TWh) 2016
Nuclear percentage of total electricity supply
OECD Europe
OECD Total
1 877.5
NEA Total
2 061.1

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The revised "Site Parameters Report", which was submitted by the Akkuyu Project Company (APC) on 30 December 2015, was approved by Nuclear Regulatory Authority (TAEK) on 9 February 2017. APC applied to the Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA) for an electricity generation licence on 28 February 2017 and to TAEK for a construction licence on 3 March 2017. Following APC's construction licence application through submission of a safety analysis report for the Akkuyu NPP, the first step will be to grant a limited work permit for construction of non-nuclear facilities.

For the second NPP project, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources (MENR) and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (METI) on 7 September 2016. The technical and economic feasibility studies for the Sinop NPP will be completed in March 2018.

Another MoU was signed between MENR and the China National Energy Administration for Civil Nuclear Cooperation on 29 June 2016. The site selection for the third NPP project is expected to be completed soon.

A twinning project under the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) programme of the European Union (EU) on "Assistance for Spent Nuclear Fuel and Radioactive Waste Management" was completed through co-operation with France (Andra) on 10 November 2016. The results achieved at the end of the project are the alignment of the relevant sections of the Draft Law on Nuclear Energy to EU acquis and standards, technical visits of project participants from Turkey to France and preparation of the draft organisation and the human resource development plan for the future nuclear waste management organisation, which will be established after the ratification of the aforementioned law.

Source: Nuclear Energy Data 2017

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Last reviewed: 7 November 2017