Turkey to Resume Talks with France on Nuclear Power Plants

Posted on 26 January 2013

France and Turkey has agreed to resume their talks on nuclear energy, as Ankara has plans to build three nuclear power plants within the next five years. The French foreign trade minister, Nicole Bricq recently met with the Turkish energy Minister Taner Yildiz to discuss nuclear power projects. France is known of for its prowess within the field of nuclear technology, so it’s only natural for Turkey to seek out their help.

The two countries are to hold a series of talks to develop cooperation. Talks between France and Turkey had previously stalled as relations between the two countries have and always been particularly warm. During the last decade diplomatic relations between Ankara and Paris have run into several different crises which has affected business between the two countries.

A visit by the French foreign trade minister on behalf of our government seems to signal that the new French president François Hollande wishes to develop closer ties with Turkey. This is somewhat different stance to that taken by his predecessor, Nicolas Sarkozy.

Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Areva, the French nuclear power group are conducting a joint venture called Atmea, and have recently indicated this joint venture’s intention to bid on constructing Turkey’s third nuclear power plant.

In 2010 Russia put forward a successful tender to build the first nuclear power plant in Turkey which will be constructed at Akkuyu in the southern Mersin province. At the moment Canada, China, Japan and South Korea have all submitted tenders for the second plant which will be built in Sinop on the Black Sea.

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