In a significant move, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin today launched the construction of Turkey’s first nuclear power plant.
The nuclear power plant in the Mediterranean Mersin region, which will be built at the cost of 20 billion dollar, Titled Akkuyu nuclear power plant project, the plant will come online in 2023, the 100th anniversary of modern Turkey’s founding, and be completed entirely in 2026. Once complete the power station will provide 10 percent of the electricity needs of Turkey, which has few energy resources of its own.
Launching the power plant, Russia president Vladamir Putin said, ‘This scale of the project is difficult to exaggerate,” Putin said at the ceremony. “This marks a new stage in the development of Turkey’s economy.”
Erdogan said: “The power plant will contribute to our energy security and also play an important role in the fight against climate change.”