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Akkuyu power station

Erdogan, Putin mark formal start of work on Turkey’s first nuclear power plant

ANKARA: The leaders of Turkey and Russia marked the official start of work to build Turkey’s first nuclear power plant on Tuesday, launching construction of the $20 billion Akkuyu power station in the southern province of Mersin. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan marked the official start to construction of Akkuyu’s first unit, watching by videolink from the Turkish capital Ankara. “When all four units go online, the plant will meet 10 percent of Turkey’s energy needs,” Erdogan…