The Turkish authorities are determined to achieve the contribution of nuclear energy to the country’s economic development, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at the opening of the new building of Turkey’s Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EPDK) in Ankara.
The start of operation of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant will make a significant contribution to the energy security of Turkey.
The Turkish leader recalled that the launch of the first power unit of the Akkuyu NPP is scheduled for 2023, when the country will celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the formation of the Republic.
Erdogan assured that after Akkuyu, the country will start actively implementing projects of the second and third nuclear power plants in Turkey.
“Everyone who stands for Turkey’s economic independence and the growth of the country’s prosperity should support the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes,” the Turkish president said.
While 443 nuclear power plants are currently operating in 32 countries, it is ignorance or betrayal to declare that there is no need for nuclear energy for Turkey, Erdogan stressed.
The head of state also stressed Turkey’s readiness for further exploration of oil and gas fields in the Black and Mediterranean Seas.
“The first gas supplies from a new field in the Turkish sector of the Black Sea are also scheduled for 2023. We will not limit ourselves to this, ”the president promised.