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    Turkey's nuclear ambitions

    Hürriyet Haber
    15.02.2006 - 09:25 | Son Güncelleme:

    Turkey plans to join the club of nuclear power producers, by building a nuclear power plant on its Black Sea coast. The decision has been a result of rising fuel prices in order to create a more independent supply of energy. Turkey suffered earlier this year from a dip in natural gas supply when Russia cut supplies to Ukraine, as well as a registered decrease in natural gas from Iran two weeks ago. Turkey had talked of building a nuclear power plant almost 30 years ago, but shelved plans in the face of opposition from environmental groups coupled with difficult building conditions as the country is prone to earthquakes.

    ''The prime minister's office and the energy ministry have decided to build the nuclear plant at Sinop, taking into account such factors as geological faultlines and cooling water,'' an energy official told Reuters.

    Energy officials have said Turkey's National Security Council; the president, top politicians and army generals, will discuss the issue of building nuclear power plants at its next meeting on February 28.

    The country has no nuclear power plants at present, but a preliminary study envisages the construction of between three and five plants with a total capacity of 5,000 megawatts. the first plant is slated to be online by 2012.

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