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Plans for Turkey nuclear power plant hit regulatory red light

An environmental impact study for the planned 4.8 GW Akkuyu nuclear power plant will not gain approval from the Environment and Urban Planning Ministry in Turkey, according to Electric Light & Power/POWERGRID International.

The nuclear energy project’s development company, Akkuyu NGS, a Turkish unit of Rosataom, Russia’s state energy firm, is the lead builder of the power plant, which is expected to cost some $20 billion. Akkuyu said the documents had been rejected due to formatting issues and said the problem would be solved shortly.

The rejection of the report and other licensing woes could push the deadline of the plant past government projections to open one reactor in 2020 and four by 2023.

Ankara has billed the 4,800 MW facility as a key way to overcome the nation’s lopsided dependence on imported fossil fuels, especially natural gas.

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