The positive environmental impact analysis of the Akkuyu Nuclear
Power Plant may be taken at the beginning of 2014, then the plant's
four units completed by 2023, said that plant's Vice President Rauf
Kasumov, yesterday to Anadolu Agency, Hurriyet reported.
"Turkey and Russia aim to complete the plant by 2023. And this will be happen," he said.
environmental report (ÇED) by Rosatom, which the Turkish authorities
require, is expected to be resubmitted to the Environment Ministry soon,
months behind the planned schedule.
"We have taken the first
questions about the ÇED from the ministry. After we translate all the
documents, we'll send them to Moscow, and then we'll work on these
questions. All of the questions are submitting to us part by part, but
we have asked for these questions to be sent altogether to shorten the
process," he said.
He also added they will start working to take construction licenses and power generation licenses.
Without environmental approval, the company cannot launch tenders for an estimated 8 billion worth of subcontracts.
nuclear power plant may be delayed by at least a year, a source close
to the plans said to Reuters last week, as bureaucratic hurdles hamper
the $20 billion project.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has
been an advocate of the country's ambitious nuclear program, meant to
help reduce its dependence on costly hydrocarbon imports by providing 10
percent of its electricity needs by 2023.