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Turkey aiming for five nuclear power plants by 2030: ministry

Turkey is aiming to have five nuclear power plants with a total of 20reactors by 2030, a spokesman for Turkey's energy ministry told Platts lateTuesday, confirming statements made in the Turkish media by the ministryundersecretary Metin Kilci.

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The spokesman said that the 20 planned reactors includes four each inTurkey's two existing planned nuclear power plants, and allowed for theconstruction of three more plants with four reactors each.

But he also said that as yet no plans have been approved for the threeadditional plants and no potential sites have been finalized.

Turkey has already finalized plans for its first nuclear power plant, a4.8 GW plant consisting of four units to be built at Akkuyu on the country'sMediterranean coast under a deal signed last year with a consortium led byRussia's Atomstroyexport, construction of which is expected to begin in 2013.

The plant has been granted a feed-in tariff of $0.1235/KWh for two of theplants' four units for 15 years after commissioning, guaranteed by Turkey'sstate power trading authority TETAS.

Talks with South Korea over the construction of a second plant to bebuilt at Sinop on Turkey's Black Sea coast broke down in November last year,with Turkey entering into a three month period of exclusive talks with Japanin December.

Under discussion is a four unit plant of 5.4 GW with a feed-in tariffguaranteed by TETAS under negotiation.

Turkey's energy minister Taner Yildiz said last month that he had beenapproached by a French consortium of EDF, GDF Suez and Areva which is alsointerested in constructing the planned Sinop plant but commented that noformal talks could begin until the exclusivity period with Japan had lapsed.

He also warned that the outcome of any talks with the French consortiumcould be affected by France's opposition to Turkey's position as a candidatefor membership of the European Union.

--David O'Byrne, newsdesk@platts.com