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City, Country
Akkuyu village of silifke, Turkey

Number & type of Reactors
2 X CANDU-6 (under construction)

Net Electric Power as % in 92 of national total
1000 MW

Major population Centers in a 150 km radius and
total estimated population of 150 km r. region

Mersin, Karaman, and their towns

Date of commercial operation start up
or (if unfinished) date of construction start.

If construction starts in 1996, as planned, operation will begin in 2004

Contracter to be chosen by KAERI, S. Korea. Contract to be awarded in Spring 1996, main candidate Ontario-Hydro

Accidents and Dangers:

None yet

Local Contact Group:

Arkadas/EYFA Turkey
Ilhan Akgun C 12/C
33960 Silifke, Turkey

Key Arguments/History

Akkuyu village was first chosen as a nuclear plant site in 1976. The government tried to commence building work in 1992, but had to postpone due to action by 52 green groups. Of 18 consultant groups, Korea's KAERI was awarded the construction and feasibility study. A.K. Chatterjee of India's Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) has been appointed nuclear advisor to the Turkish Prime Minister, and has acted as an advocate for the CANDU reactor type, though the RAPS-1 plant in Rajasthan shut down 250 times from 1973 to 1983.
There has been "fury" against Turkish power company, Ilhas Electric, KAERI's turkish partner. Green groups claim that the Ministry of Energy, dominated by ultra-nationalists and the military, want access to nuclear weapons.


Turkey has significant solar and coastal wind resources which have only minimally been developed. Rough estimates indicate these sources could provide several thousand MW of electricity at costs competitve with nuclear in the region, especially given the almost total lack of national nuclear infrastructure.