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Japan, Turkey sign agreement on start of talks on building NPS in Sinop

October 30, 2013, 6:19 UTC+3
Erdogan recalled that the first-ever agreement on the construction of an NPP had been signed by Turkey with Russia
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Photo ITAR-TASS / Konstantin Pakhomov

Photo ITAR-TASS / Konstantin Pakhomov

ANKARA, October 30 (Itar-Tass) - Japan and Turkey have signed an agrerment on the start of negotiations on the implementation of a project to build an nuclear power plant (NPP) in the city of Sinop. 

The Anadolu news agency reported on Wednesday that the respective accord was reached as a result of talks held on Tuesday night between the Premiers of the two countries, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Shinzo Abe.

Erdogan recalled that the first-ever agreement on the construction of an NPP had been signed by Turkey with Russia. This refers to the Akkuyu NPP in Mersin province, on the south-eastern coast of Turkey. "We are now taking such a step together with Japan," he said. The Turkish Premier pointed out that Japan possesses developed nuclear power engineering technologies, which was known to the Turkish side and which influenced the decision to conclude an agreement with the Japanese side.

Abe, for his part, expressed satisfaction with the signing of the document. "We bear responsibility for informing the whole world of the lessons which we endured in connection with the breakdown at 'Fukushima'," he said. The Premier added that Turkey's choice is indicative of a high trust placed in Japan

Erdogan said, "There is likelihood that a breakdown would occur once in a million". "However, investments are not made without running a risk. In this case it is important to minimize probable errors," he said.

The NPP at Sinop is expected to be built by Japan's Mitsubishi Group in cooperation with the French Areva Company. In May this year, Turkey and Japan signed an agreement envisaging the investment of $22 billion in the implementation of the NPS project.

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