Turkey’s Nuclear Program Sees Further Delays
Turkey’s first nuclear power plant has hit further delays that will push back the start of production by almost a year after Turkish authorities requested resubmission of an environmental report, industry sources and experts said.
Russia’s Rosatom is building the first four nuclear reactors for energy-hungry Turkey, which has embarked on an ambitious nuclear program led by the government, to reduce its $60 billion annual energy import bill.
The CEO of Akkuyu NGS, the project company set up by Russia’s Rosatom, said in October that the project was going to be operational by mid-2020, a delay of about 18 months from the initial start-up date.
However now, even that schedule looks to be too optimistic, with energy officials and experts predicting a further delay of 10-12 months.
“When you look at the current picture, whatever the reasons are, there is a good chance the delay could be around 10 months. Both the Energy Ministry and Akkuyu NGS are working to avoid this,” an energy official said.
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