10 December 2012
By the end of this year, Turkey will determine the country that will build the second nuclear power plant in Sinop, Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yildiz said, the Hurriyet newspaper reported.
According to the minister, at the moment the competition is between the two countries - Canada and China. At the same time, China has a better chance, the minister said.
"The financing conditions offered by China are more advantageous for Turkey. However, the final decision on this matter will be taken by the end of this year," Yildiz said.
As for Japan, which also participated in the tender for the construction of nuclear power plant in Sinop, Turkey excluded the country due to the inferiority of the proposed project.
Today a tender is in process for the construction of a second nuclear power plant in Sinop. Initially, Canada, China, South Korea and Japan participated in the tender.
Earlier, Yildiz said that the Turkish NPPs will start generating electricity by 2019 and Turkey is planning to build another nuclear power plant by 2023.
The Akkuyu nuclear power plant will be built on the Russian project which includes the construction of four power units with VVER-1200 reactors. The agreement on the construction of the station was signed in May 2010.
The capacity of each unit will reach 1200 MW, while the total capacity is 4800 MW. It is assumed that the units will be commissioned in sequence at intervals of one year.