Japan, France firms win Turkey nuclear contract


TOKYO: Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and France’s Areva have won a multi-billion dollar contract to build a nuclear power plant on the Black Sea, Turkey’s prime minister has told a Japanese newspaper.

In an interview published on Thursday in The Nikkei datelined Ankara, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is to host his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on Friday, said the group had won the rights to construct four reactors, reportedly worth 2.0 trillion yen ($20.5 billion).

The Japanese-led group will build the nuclear plant at Sinop on the Black Sea coast, Erdogan told the paper on Tuesday.

Without using direct quotes, the report said Turkey has faith in the technological prowess of Japan’s nuclear industry and believed it had improved since the tsunami-sparked atomic calamity at Fukushima in 2011.

“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.

The Sinop plant could lead to more reactor construction in Turkey for Japanese firms, the prime minister said.

“Turkey would welcome a Japanese bid on a proposed third (nuclear) plant and is working to select a site,” Erdogan said, according to an English-language version of the report.

“The country wants to have as many reactors as possible in operation by 2023,” he added.



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