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Westinghouse, China's SNPTC, Turkey's EUAS to Discuss Turkish Nuclear Power Project

U.S.-based nuclear power company Westinghouse Electric Company, China’s State Nuclear Power Technology Corporation (SNPTC) and Turkey’s state-owned power producer Electricity Generation Company (EUAS) have agreed to enter exclusive talks to build a nuclear power plant in Turkey, Westinghouse said on Monday.

The project involves development and construction as well as all live cycle activities including operations, nuclear fuel, maintenance, engineering, plant services and decommissioning, Westinghouse said in a statement.

The plant will have four nuclear reactors based on Westinghouse’s AP1000 reactor technology.

Westinghouse currently has eight AP1000 units under construction worldwide. The company has also recently signed shareholder agreements for the development of AP1000 plants at nuclear plant sites in the UK and Bulgaria, it added.

Turkey currently has projects for two nuclear plants. In 2011, the country’s energy ministry contracted Russian company Rosatom to build and operate a 4,800 megawatt (MW) nuclear power plant in the southern province of Mersin. In 2013, a consortium of Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Itochu Corp. and France’s GDF Suez agreed to build a nuclear plant with a capacity of about 4,500 MW in the Black Sea town of Sinop. The Turkish government also plans to start the construction of its third nuclear power plant with its own resources by 2018-2019, local news agency Anadolu Ajansi said in October citing the country’s prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

Source: SeeNews
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