A partnership between Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and France’s Areva have been granted a multi-billion dollar contract to build a new nuclear power plant on the Black Sea, this according to Turkey’s prime minister in an interview with Japanese newspaper The Nikkei. The article, which was published on Thursday said that according to Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, the partnership between Mitsubishi and Areva had won the rights to construct four nuclear reactors, the project reportedly costing around 2.0 trillion yen (20.5 billion US dollars).
The nuclear plant will be built by the Japanese-led group in Sinop, on the Black Sea coast. The article said that Erdogan decalred Turkey’s faith in Japan’s technological prowess and the efficiency and safety of its nuclear industry. Erdogan reportedly said that he believed Japan’s nuclear technologies have improved after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. “Erdogan said Japan has experience and know-how in coping with earthquakes. He also said that Japan has learned from the Fukushima Daiichi disaster,” the paper said. Erdogan also said that the Sinop project could prove as a stepping stone and lead to more nuclear reactor construction contracts in Turkey for Japanese firms. “Turkey would welcome a Japanese bid on a proposed third (nuclear) plant and is working to select a site,” Erdogan said. “The country wants to have as many reactors as possible in operation by 2023,” the Turkish premier added
This deal marks the first successful Japanese bid for an overseas nuclear project since the March 2011 tragedy where an earthquake caused a huge tsunami that crippled cooling systems at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. The Nikkei, in an earlier article, said that the Mitsubishi– Areva consortium is tasked to build four nuclear reactors with a combined output of 4.5 million kilowatts. Construction is most likely to begin in 2017, with the first reactor coming on-line by 2023. Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to visit Turkey on Friday, the last leg of his four-nation trip which started in Moscow. Erdogan will be keen to announce the deal as hosts the Japanese premier.
[via France 24]
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