Turkey set to get its nuclear reactors

By mid-2015, Turkey wants to build its first nuclear power plant despite all objections and without regard for the fears of those affected by its construction. DW takes a look at the country’s energy policy.

For the sixth time in four months, Devin Bahceci is visiting the site in Akkuyu in the Turkish province of Mersin. Standing in front of the barrier erected at the site, he shakes his head.

“To date, we do not know what to expect. The project is extremely non-transparent and it’s frustrating,” says the energy and climate activist from the environmental organization Greenpeace.

This is the site where the Turkish government is planning to build its first nuclear power plant (NPP) in cooperation with Russian company Rosatom. The controversial environmental impact report was only recently accepted by the Turkish environment ministry. The plant’s construction is set to start from mid-2015.

Activist Bahceci says that Greenpeace and many other NGOs have submitted their concerns over the proposed nuclear plant to the environment ministry. But despite the numerous pleas, the ministry accepted the report even before it was made public. “We are not sure, if our objections were taken into account,” he told DW.

Uncertain future

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