Is Turkey's Mersin project back on?

15 February 2010

Russia and Turkey have signed a new agreement on the long-running project to develop a nuclear power plant at Akkuyu, near Mersin.

In December, the Turkish government turned down an offer from a consortium of Atomstroyexport, Inter RAO UES and Turkish firm Park Tekhnik because of price and location, according to the Energy Industry Times.

However, during a visit by Turkish prime minister Recep Erdogan to Moscow in January, Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin said that talks about the plant would continue, and the two countries "naturally count on its positive completion." Erdogan said preparations for the signing of a formal agreement were currently under way in Turkey, according to a report by the Xinhua news agency.

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