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MOSCOW, June 1. /TASS/. Akkuyu nuclear power plant (NPP) construction project in Turkey needs strong political support for successful implementation, Legal Affairs Director of Akkuyu Nukleer project company Ilya Smirnov said on Wednesday.
"The most important is mighty political support of two nations in implementation of this project, then success for the project is guaranteed," Smirnov said.
"The construction license is expected to be obtained in 2018 and the first power unit is expected for commissioning in 2023," he said.
First concreting on the site is planned in 2018, he added.
The electric power generation license is likely to be received in August 2016, Smirnov said. "We expect the power generation license [of Akkuyu NPP] will be granted in the third quarter of 2016, in August," he said.
The construction of the nuclear power plant in the Turkish province of Mersin is one of the largest energy projects between Russia and Turkey. The construction of 4 units with a total capacity of 4,800 MW is estimated at $22 billion.