Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak has said that the first unit of the nuclear power plant, currently under construction off the southern coast of Akkuyu in Turkey, is to become operational in 2023.
“We are planning to put the first unit into operation on the 100th anniversary of the Turkish Republic” said Novak about the plant which will be located north of Cyprus’ coast.
Novak was responding to media questions during the 22nd World Petroleum Congress, organised by the World Petroleum Council in Istanbul.
Novak also commented on the progress of the Turk Stream project which is to directly connect the large gas reserves in Russia to the Turkish gas transportation network, creating a source of energy for Turkey and south-east Europe. He said that a 50km long undersea section of the project has been completed and that Turkey will be sharing with Russia, documents concerning the outlet points of the project.
When asked about the crisis between Qatar and the Arab countries, the Russian Energy Minister said, “We don’t believe that any problems or misunderstanding regarding the agreement of decreasing the OPEC’s petrol production will arise from this particular crisis”.
He added that had the chance to discuss the matter with his Qatari counterpart.
“He said that Qatar is determined to carry out the responsibilities they took on in December”.