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Turkey’s Environment Ministry has approved the environmental impact assessment report for the country’s first nuclear power plant. This clears the way for Russia’s Rosatom to begin construction of the first of four 1.2GW reactors to be built at Akkuyu near Mersin on Turkey’s southern coast.
A first version of Rosatom’s environmental study for the Akkuyu plants was dismissed by the Turkish Atomic Energy Authority (TAEK) as “inadequate.” This raised fears that the project would be delayed.
Now Rosatom will be able to begin construction work as planned in 2015 with a view to starting up the first reactor in 2020. The approval of the Akkuyu project may also help smooth the way for a planned second nuclear project at Sinop on the Black Sea, where a Japanese/French consortium aims to begin building a reactor in 2017.
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