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Turkey: Turkey’s Third Nuclear Power Plant: Albayrak’s Growing Role in Energy Policy

With the appointment of President Erdogan’s son-in-law Berat Albayrak as the minister of energy and natural resources in November 2015, Turkey’s bid to build a third nuclear power plant has become a main policy initiative. After beginning construction on the country’s first nuclear power plant, Akkuyu (four 1,200-MW units) in partnership with Atomstroyexport and then agreeing to a second project, Sinop (four 1,120-MW units) with France’s Areva and Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in 2013, a third project has still been at the planning phase in the last few years. Negotiations with China were finalized following Albayrak’s appointment, with substantial political capital offered by the minister’s connection to Erdogan.

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