Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak pointed to a symbolic and logistical completion date for the first unit of Turkey's planned Akkuyu power plant. The minister, responding to reporters, said the first commercial power plant in the country would begin operations in 2023.
“We are planning to put the first unit into operation on the 100th anniversary of the Turkish Republic,” Novak said, as quoted by InCyprus.Construction on the plant at Akkuyu is expected to begin in 2018. Russian nuclear power giant Rosatom is taking a lead role in financing, design and construction of the plant that will provide 4800 MWe of capacity from Turkey's southern coast.
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