Turkish authorities plan to 2023 year to put into operation "Akkuyu" NPP, which is being built under the project in the Russian province of Mersin, said Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.
"We are planning to commissioning" Akkuyu "NPP in Mersin to 2023 year. Also, work continues on the nuclear power plant in Sinop (on the Japanese project) Province. Has begun preliminary preparations for the construction of the third nuclear power plant ", - said Erdogan, speaking at the ceremony of putting into operation of TPP in Ankara, according to RIA" Novosti ".
He noted that Turkey is going to refuse to import coal and must use its own reserves. Turkey has set a goal to enter the top three market leaders in Europe's energy supply, Erdogan noted.
According to the Turkish leader, coal and nuclear fuel, the use of which is criticized by environmentalists, is actually used extensively in the energy sector in the West.
"When Turkey starts to discuss the construction of coal-fired plants or nuclear power plants, some forces are trying to counteract this," - said Erdogan.
In July, it said in Moscow about the absence of obstacles to the realization of the project "Akkuyu" NPP in Turkey.
First after the crisis in bilateral relations between Russia and Turkey met President Vladimir Putin and Tayyip Erdogan was held in St. Petersburg in August 9. The main result of the negotiations was the restart of relations between Moscow and Ankara after the incident with the downed Russian aircraft Su-24. In particular, it was confirmed the intention of the Russian side gradually abolish special economic measures and restrictions on Turkish companies unfrozen projects pipeline "Turkish Stream" and "Akkuyu" NPP.
The project "Akkuyu" NPP includes four power units with Russian VVER reactors. The capacity of each power unit will be 1200 MW. The project cost is about 20 billion dollars. In December 2014, the Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning of Turkey approved the report on the environmental impact assessment. Ceremony "Akkuyu" NPP laying the foundation of marine structures took place in April 2015 years.