TURKEY WANTS TO CONSTRUCT THREE N-PLANTS
Ankara plans to build three nuclear power plants by the year 2015 in order to satisfy its increasing energy needs, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday,quoted by Associated Press. As a country which energy consumption rises quickly we would like to make use atomic energy as soon as possible, PM Erdogan said at an energy conference in Istanbul. He added that the three N-plants will have a total capacity of 5,000 megawatts. The first one is to built near the Black Sea port of Sinop.
By building the N-plant the country which has limited energy reserves hopes to decrease its dependency on natural gas supplies from Iran and Russia.
Premier Erdogan expressed also Turkey's hopes that its ambitions for using nuclear energy for peaceful purposes would be supported by Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, who will visit Ankara July 6th - 9th. Official Ankara is constantly appealing to Iran for transparency regarding its nuclear programme, underlining at the same time that the countries should be free to use atomic energy for peaceful purposes.