Country profile: Turkey

Summary figures for 2012

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) 2012
Nuclear percentage of total electricity supply
OECD Europe
1 884.0

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As a consequence of bilateral negotiations, an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey on the construction and operation of a nuclear power plant at the Akkuyu site in Turkey was signed on 12 May 2010. The IGA was ratified in Turkey and the Russian Federation on 21 July 2010 and 13 December 2010 respectively.

The IGA on the construction and operation of a nuclear power plant foresees the construction of four nuclear power plant units based on the Russian VVER (water-moderated water-cooled power reactor) design with a capacity of 1 200 MWe each at the Akkuyu site on the basis of the BOO (build, own and operate) model. The IGA also includes the establishment of an on-site full-scope simulator for the training of nuclear power plant operating personnel.

The transfer of the Akkuyu site, with its current licence and existing infrastructure, to the project company began in May 2011. Full-scale site survey activities at the Akkuyu site were initiated by the project company on 26 May 2011. Results will be used to prepare a package of licensing documents and for making preliminary engineering decisions.

The project company submitted the application document for an environmental impact assessment to the Ministry of Environment and Urbanism on 24 November 2011 and applied to the Energy Market Regulatory Authority for an electricity generation licence on 2 December 2011. The Russian company is likely to start building the Akkuyu nuclear power plant in 2014 and commissioning of the four units is planned for 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022.

The second site at Sinop-Inceburun, where nuclear power plants are also to be built and operated in Turkey, is located on the Black Sea coast. There are still ongoing discussions about the reactor technologies involved in the various offers.

Source: Nuclear Energy Data 2013

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Last reviewed: 11 December 2013