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Turkey plans to construct third nuclear power plant

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Turkey intends to construct a third nuclear power plant by 2018-2019 as a national project, announced Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

The plant will be built by Turkish experts Davutoglu said on Tuesday, following a meeting on the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, reports World Bulletin.

Currently, Turkey has two ongoing nuclear power projects.

The first nuclear plant Akkuyu Nuclear will be built by Russia's Rosatom in the Mediterranean region of the country, Mersin.

Earlier this month, Turkey said that it plans to speed up the process to begin the construction of its first nuclear power plant.

This was announced by Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz.

Following a meeting with Russian nuclear company Rosatom's head Sergey Kiriyenko, the minister revealed: "Our target is to speed up the construction of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant."

The agreement on this project was signed between the governments of Russia and Turkey in Ankara in May 2010.

The plant construction is likely to begin in 2016 once the environmental assessment report is submitted. It is set to go online by 2020.

The plant will have four reactors for power generation.

The second plant will be constructed through a cooperation with Japan.

This plant will be constructed in Sinop, in the Black Sea region of the country.

The deal for the second project is based on a build-operate-transfer basis.

The second nuclear plant will be built based on an agreement signed between Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in May 2013.