Natural Gas Flow to Turkey at Risk as Putin Weighs Supply Cut

Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested today, Thursday, that Russia will reduce the volume of natural gas exports to Turkey after the Akyuyu nuclear power plant operates at full capacity.

Putin said during the ceremony of transferring Russian nuclear fuel to the Turkish Akkuyu nuclear power plant: “Once the Akkuyu plant operates at full capacity, we will most likely supply less natural gas to Turkey … Today, this is an expensive product and its price is growing.”

Today, an official ceremony was held to mark the loading of the station with nuclear fuel with the participation of Erdogan and Putin using video technology.

And the Russian nuclear energy corporation Rosatom began construction of the first unit at the Akyuyu NPP in April 2018, after an agreement between Russia and Turkey on the construction of a station near the city of Mersin in 2010. The station includes 4 power units. power units with a capacity of 1200 MW for each of their units.

Akkuyu NPP, which is being built with the participation of Russia, is the first nuclear power plant in Turkey. It is planned that after the commissioning of all four units, which will be equipped with modern Russian reactors, the station will annually generate about 35 billion kilowatt-hours and cover up to 10 percent of Turkey’s electricity needs.

In addition, this is the first project in the global nuclear industry implemented according to the “build, own and operate” model. Its cost is about 20 billion dollars, and it meets all modern international safety requirements in the nuclear industry.

It is noteworthy that the construction of the first power unit of the Akyuyu station began in April 2018, the second – in April 2020, the third – in March 2021, and the fourth – in July 2022.

Source: Sputnik

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