Last Update 22:46
Thursday, 24 October 2019

Turkey to press on with nuclear plans: PM

Turkey will press on with its plans to build its first nuclear power plant, despite being situated in an earthquake zone and despite Japan's nuclear accident

AFP , Wednesday 16 Mar 2011
Views: 1202
Views: 1202

"We are now counting the months, even weeks, before we start our project with Russia for the nuclear plant at Akkuyu," on Turkey's Mediterranean coast, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said late Tuesday during a visit to Moscow

Erdogan told a forum of Russian and Turkish business leaders that "everything is ready" for construction to begin on the plant.

"We are going to commit to a nuclear programme, with an investment worth 20 billion dollars (14.3 billion euros)," the Anatolia news agency quoted him as saying.

Before leaving Ankara for the visit, the prime minister said the government would not go back on its decision to build a total of three nuclear plants within the next five years, despite the crisis in Japan. "There is no investment without risk," Erdogan said.

Ankara and Moscow signed a deal in May last year to build the first nuclear reactor, sparking protests from environmentalists who warned of the dangers of locating it in a region well known for seismic activity.

Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said Turkey had demanded that extra security measures be taken in building the plant, given its location.

Turkey suffered a massive earthquake on 1998 which killed 140 people in Adana, its fifth largest city, close to Mersin, the province where the nuclear power plant is to be built.

Short link:


Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.

© 2010 Ahram Online.