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Akkuyu NPP to make major contribution to uninterrupted power supplies in Turkey – Erdogan

According to the Turkish leader, Ankara intends to commission the first power unit "in the coming months"

ANKARA, March 19. /TASS/. The commissioning of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant will make a major contribution to uninterrupted electricity supplies in Turkey, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday.

"In the coming months, we will commission the Akkuyu NPP’s first power unit. The commissioning of all power units, the nuclear plant will make a major contribution to uninterrupted and balanced supplies of electricity in our country," the TRT television channel quoted him as saying.

According to Erdogan, Turkey is developing solar and wind power engineering.

The Akkuyu nuclear power plant project is being constructed under an intergovernmental Russian-Turkish agreement of 2010. It provides for the construction of four energy units equipped with Russian-made generation 3+ VVER reactors with a capacity of 1,200 MW each. According to forecasts, the nuclear plant will satisfy up to ten percent of Turkey’s electricity demand. The construction of the first unit is expected to be finished in 2023.