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“Dirilish postasi”: Turkey makes its 60-year 'atomic dream' come true

“A giant step for energy independence” “Sabah”/, “Another critical step in atomic energy” /c. “Hurriyet”/, “Strategic step in energy” /“ Yen birlik”/, “Solid foundation for tomorrow” /in. “Milyat”/- these are some of the headlines under which the Turkish press today reports on the laying of the foundations of the third energy block of the first Turkish nuclear power plant. Yesterday, a ceremony was held in which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin took part by videoconferencing.
“On the centenary, we enter the League of Giants,” read in a headline on the subject and c. Dierilish postasi, quoting Erdogan as saying that the first Akkuyu nuclear power plant reactor will be launched in 2023, when the 100 years since the Turkish republic was founded.

"For the centenary of the founding of the republic, we will join Turkey in the League of Atomic Energy Countries”, the Turkish president said.

"A 60-year-old atomic dream takes place in Akkuyu”, notes “Dirilish postasi”. The publication added that when the nuclear power plant project is completed, Turkey will cover 10 per cent of its electricity needs through it.

Akkuyu nuclear power plant, which will consist of four reactors, will be equipped with state-of-the-art technology. Annually, it will produce 35 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity and will be able to cover Ankara and Izmir's total electricity needs, or 90 per cent of Istanbul's needs, writes Dirilish postasi.

Sabah newspaper informed that in full capacity the plant will be operational in 2026 and, as announced by President Erdogan, next year the foundation of the construction of the fourth energy block of Akkuyu NPP will be laid.

"Our goal is to add nuclear energy, which operates with zero emissions and without causing any harm to the environment, to the energy basket of our country”, Erdogan said at the ceremony yesterday, writes in. Hurriyet.

Putin, in turn, highlighted the economic benefit of the project to both countries and added: “This project will strengthen the friendship between the peoples of the two countries.”

"Yeni birlik” also quoted the Russian president's statement at the ceremony.

"Implementation of the Akkuyu NPP project will significantly contribute to Turkish energy security and will further strengthen Turkey's economy,” Putin said, adding that the nuclear plant will provide permanent employment for 4,000 people and in the process of its construction — 16 thousand.

The project for construction of the first Turkish Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant is implemented by Akkuyu Nuclear Company (over 99 percent of its shares belong to Rosatom Corporation) on the basis of an intergovernmental agreement signed between Russia and Turkey in May 2010.

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