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Turkey plans to build 3 nuclear plants

21 June 2006 [21:07] - TODAY.AZ
Turkey's prime minister announced plans Tuesday to build three nuclear power plants by 2015 to meet the country's growing energy needs.

Turkey has limited energy resources, relying on natural gas supplies from Iran and Russia, The Associated Press reports.

"As a country whose energy consumption is increasing rapidly, we want to benefit from nuclear energy as soon as possible," Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told an energy conference in Istanbul. "We foresee the building of three nuclear power plants by 2015."

Turkey has signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and strict agreements with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Mohamed El-Baradei, head of the IAEA, will visit Ankara July 6-9.



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