Turkey's first nuclear power plant likely to be delayed
ANKARA (REUTERS) - Turkey's first nuclear power plant is likely to be delayed by at least a year, a source close to the plans said on Tuesday, as bureaucratic hurdles hamper the US$20 billion (S$25 billion) project.
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has been an advocate of the country's ambitious nuclear programme, meant to help reduce its dependence on costly hydrocarbon imports by providing 10 per cent of its electricity needs by 2023.
But its first planned 4,800 megawatt (MW) plant, being built by Russia's Rosatom, is already falling behind schedule, with the first reactor unlikely to be operational by 2019 as planned.
"Production in 2019 is not possible. 2020 is more likely," one source close to the project told Reuters, noting that a nuclear reactor on this scale would need a test period of at least six to 12 months before it could be fully operational.