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First Akkuyu plant due online in 2023 with possibility of more units at Sinop and Igneada The first Akkuyu unit is expected to come online in 2023 with a further unit starting every year afterwards. Courtesy Rosatom. New nuclear reactors under construction and being planned in Turkey will help meet the fast-growing economy’s “massive” demand for energy and reduce the country’s dependence on polluting fossil fuels, the Italian representative of the NIATR (Nuclear Industry Association of Turkish Republic) said.

According to Turkey’s ministry of energy and natural resources, energy consumption in 2012 was 239 TWh a year, while in 2023 forecasts say it could reach as much as 478 TWh.

However, Massimo Giorgi of NIATR told NucNet that the current energy mix will not meet demand and the lack of reliable, diversified, low-cost energy is an obstacle to Ankara’s economic plans.

Once fully operational, the $20bn Akkuyu nuclear power station, where Turkey is building four 1,114-MW pressurised water reactor units supplied by Russia, will provide about 10% of the country’s total electricity generation.

Date: Tuesday, 18 January 2022
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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has published its first "guide level" publication to support national efforts to engage with stakeholders throughout the life cycle of all nuclear facilities. To succeed, nuclear projects need to engage with all relevant stakeholders, including the public, and explaining nuclear energy, strengthening relationships and building trust with stakeholders is key to this, the Agency said.

Date: Friday, 07 January 2022
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Construction workers have begun constructing the foundation slab for the pump station at unit 1 of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant under construction in Turkey, Akkuyu Nuclear announced.

Date: Wednesday, 15 December 2021
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An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts last week completed a follow-up nuclear security advisory mission in Turkey, which was carried out at the request of its government. The two-week International Physical Protection Advisory Service (IPPAS) mission reviewed the national security regime for nuclear material and associated facilities and activities.

Date: Tuesday, 16 November 2021
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Turkey plans to build more nuclear power plants after it completes Akkuyu, the country's president said yesterday. "After Akkuyu nuclear power plant, we will swiftly begin preparations for our second and third power plants," Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said. Akkuyu is expected to generate its first electricity in 2023.

Date: Thursday, 11 November 2021
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Nuclear energy provides enormous opportunities to bring about a fast, cost-effective and just decarbonisation, World Nuclear Association Director General Sama Bilbao y León said yesterday in a COP26 event titled The Role of Nuclear Energy in a Net-Zero Future. Innovations in technologies - such as small modular reactors (SMRs) - and new ways of financing projects will help nuclear play its role in decarbonising the world, participants said.

Date: Saturday, 06 November 2021
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Construction of Turkey's fourth nuclear power reactor will start at the beginning of 2022, after the project was granted a construction licence by the country's Nuclear Regulatory Authority. Akkuyu will become the largest nuclear construction site in the world, Rosatom said.

Date: Saturday, 30 October 2021
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The global nuclear industry and governments must work together to make it easier for those countries wishing to launch nuclear energy programmes in order to decarbonise their energy system, writes Milton Caplan, president of MZConsulting Inc and chair of the World Nuclear Association Economics Working Group.

Date: Thursday, 14 October 2021
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The Armenian government is negotiating with the Russian mining company Geopromining on the construction of a new nuclear power plant, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan told parliament on 6 October during a parliament-Cabinet Q&A session. He said an offer had been made to Armenia by one of the owners of Geopromining, a member of the Board of Directors, “we discussed the offer, we saw that the offer corresponds to the economic and state interests of Armenia”. 

Date: Tuesday, 12 October 2021
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The World Nuclear Association (WNA) on 8 September launched the 2021 edition of The Nuclear Fuel Report, concluding that the positive trend in nuclear generating capacity projections that began in the previous (2019) report continues.

Date: Friday, 10 September 2021
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