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Turkey says talks with China, Russia, South Korea underway for new nuclear plants

Turkey's energy minister also said his country was in talks with France for the independent oversight of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant in Mersin which is being built by Russia's Rosatom.
This aerial photograph shows the construction of the Russian-built Akkuyu nuclear power plant in Mersin province, Turkey, April 26, 2023.

ANKARA — Turkey is in talks with China, Russia and South Korea for the country's second and third nuclear power plant projects, Turkish Energy Minister Alparslan Bayraktar said Monday.

Speaking to Turkish media, Bayraktar said that Ankara would speed up the efforts to build the new plants and talks with the three countries are ongoing. 

He said the second plant will be built in Turkey’s Black Sea province of Sinop. 

“We definitely need a nuclear power plant in the Thrace region,” he added, referring to the northwestern region that Turkey is eyeing as a location for its third plant. 

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