Nuclear Plant

Turkey Nuclear Delayed

According to Reuters press agency, the construction of Turkey’s first nuclear power plant will be delayed, at least for a year.

The reasons for the delays seem to be “bureaucratic hurdles“.

Turkeys nuclear programme was launched to help reduce its dependence on costly hydrocarbon imports with the aim to self produce the 10 percent of its electricity needs before 2023.

The first nuclear power plant, sized 4,800 megawatt (MW) was planned to be operative starting from 2023.

Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd and Itochu Corporation, with France’s GDF Suez, are the giants entitled to build the 4,800 MW plant  in the Black Sea coastal city of Sinop. The estimated cost is $22 billion.

The interesting part is that, when you get to read the detailed answer provided to Reuters, the “bureaucratic hurdles” seems much more technical issues:

a nuclear reactor on this scale would need a test period of at least six to 12 months before it could be fully operational.

The start of the construction phase for the nuclear powerr plant in southern Turkey is reported to be scheduled for the middle of 2015 so to reach the commencement of the first operation in 2021 .

The truth is that the project has still to complete the construction licence path and is experiencing important delays.

This without considering the financing process that is likely to be activated only once the permuting will be successfully completed.

In addition, the project is still waiting for environmental reports, approval, subcontractors identification and subcontracting bids, financing and everything in this phase needs to be completed in less than two years.

Even if this preliminary part of the schedule will be respected, then it will take at least 7 years to build a 4,800MW plant. A total of 10 years time with high risk of delays that will lead to the unavailability of the whole lot.

Does it still make sense highly concentrated generation systems? Is it still cost effective? In Europe it has been widely demonstrated how it is possible to build 4,800MW in one year by means of total expenses (for the Government) way lower than 22 $ billions.