(MENAFN) Turkish Electricity and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Donmez said on Tuesday that Turkey’s first nuclear reactor and new gas fields in the Black Sea will start producing power next year.
Donmez made the statements while in Istanbul for the NATO Parliamentary Assembly Special Group Conference on the Mediterranean and the Middle East.
Donmez was quoted as speaking by public broadcaster TRT, “Construction of our country’s first-ever nuclear reactor continues in Akkuyu (in the southeastern province of Mersin). We hope to bring it online next year. We are also working on the technological and geographical aspects of the second and third reactors.”
“We have made the largest offshore natural gas discovery of 2020 in the Black Sea. Early data suggests it is around 540 billion cubic meters, and we are working hard to connect it to our system. national distribution next year,” he noted. .
The minister also expressed hope that the recently discovered Black Sea gas reserves, for which construction of the distribution line began on Monday, will meet 25-30 percent of the national energy demand by 2026.
“For the past few years, topics such as uninterrupted energy supply, critical infrastructure protection, cybersecurity and hybrid threats have been at the top of the NATO alliance agenda,” Donmez said.
“We are experiencing a painful energy crisis that will resonate for a long time and is more serious than previous ones,” the minister stressed, noting that soaring energy prices are the main reason for international inflation.
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