Turkey’s first nuclear power plant delayed for second time in six months

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A diagram of the Voda Voda Energo Reactor, the reactor design to be used for Turkey's first nuclear reactor constructed by Rosatom.
A diagram of the Voda Voda Energo Reactor, the reactor design to be used for Turkey’s first nuclear reactor constructed by Rosatom.

For nearly five decades Turkey has been developing plans to establish a nuclear power program, but these plans have yet to come to fruition.  There have been multiple factors which have plagued Turkey’s nuclear program from the start including decades of civil unrest, but also because Turkey is one of the most seismically active regions on the world.

For the second time in six months, the planned construction of Turkey’s first nuclear power plant has hit more delays.  In October, it was announced that start of construction would be delayed around 18 months, but this week after Turkish authorities requested the re-submission of a critical environmental report industry sources announced that power production would be delayed by yet another year.

The environmental report has been submitted twice already, but each time was found to be inadequate.

The recent problems have been causing experts to question the efficiency and handling of the construction project.  Aaron Stein from the Royal United Services Institute, a British think tank, said, “In order for a reactor to be on track, everybody should be moving at the same speed. These hiccups and delays are a sign of project disorganization.”

Another major problem is the lack of experienced and knowledgeable staff in Turkey to confirm Rosatom’s safety standards, which may be an indication of the nation’s inadequate regulatory infrastructure.

Despite the delays and problems with the planned construction of the first nuclear reactor in Turkey, the country signed a deal with a Japanese and French consortium led by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and AREVA to build a second nuclear power plant in May, 2013.

Source: The Balkans

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