Turkey is inching closer to being a part of the nuclear energy club. Reports have it that general construction has commended in the country’s Akkuyu nuclear power plant and the reactor construction will begin mostly by 2018. This confirms that Turkey indeed is on the track to become the new country to include nuclear power in its energy mix after Belarus and UAE recently entered the club.
The most recent countries to construct their first nuclear energy projects are Iran, which established its first nuclear plant in 2011, and Romania in 1996. However recently, an increasing number of companies are increasingly committing to nuclear programs. As far as Turkey is concerned, the country has been planning nuclear energy for several decades but no previous attempts bore fruits. But now, the country has its nuclear energy ambitions mature and the project is testimony to it. The World Nuclear Association suggests that this move will held drive the country’s economic growth and reduce the country’s reliance on gas, most of which is imported.
Recent reports from the World Nuclear Association and the International Atomic Energy Agency suggest that the nuclear energy sector has generally positive outlook for the next few years. The sector is expanding at a positive pace despite the several challenges it faces in certain deregulated regional markets where the energy security and climate-related advantages of nuclear power are being valued properly.
Reports state that over 9 GWe of nuclear energy capacity has been added in 2016, the largest annual capacity addition in the past 25 years and there has been a rise in the world’s nuclear power generation capacity for the fourth successive year. While the level of new projects remains high, it is suggested that the pace of new construction beginnings needs to accelerate to be able to effectively balance environment protection goals with the pace of human development.