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Büyükeceli is located in Turkey
Location in Turkey
Coordinates: 36°11′N 33°33′E / 36.183°N 33.550°E / 36.183; 33.550Coordinates: 36°11′N 33°33′E / 36.183°N 33.550°E / 36.183; 33.550
Country Turkey
ProvinceMersin Province
60 m (195 ft)
 • Total1,068
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code
Area code(s)0324
Licence plate33

Büyükeceli is a town in Mersin Province, Turkey


Büyükeceli had been founded on the southern slopes of Toros Mountains at 36°11′N 33°33′E / 36.183°N 33.550°E / 36.183; 33.550. It is near to Mediterranean coast (3 km (1.9 mi)) and recent housing of the town is almost at the side side. It is a part of Gülnar district which in turn is a part of Mersin Province. It is on the Mersin Antalya highway. The highway distance to Gülnar is 35 km (22 mi) and to Mersin is 140 km (87 mi). The population was 1685[1] as of 2012.


The main economic activity is agriculture. Tomato, cucumber and aubergine are the most important crops.[2] Fishing and animal husbandry are among the other activities.

Discussion on the nuclear plant[edit]

The first nuclear plant of Turkey is planned to be built in Akkuyu, a location within Büyükeceli. But there are serious objections to the project (see Human chain against nuclear plant in Turkey).The most important objection is that Büyükeceli and the surrounding coastline may lose its touristic potential after the realization of the project.[3] Büyükeceli residents are also worried that the already low population of the town may further decrease and the town may lose its township status. The government on the other hand, prefers this site because of the low population density and low risk of earthquakes. In May 2010, Russia and Turkey signed an agreement that a subsidiary of Rosatom would build, own, and operate a power plant at Akkuyu comprising four 1,200 MWe VVER units. The reactors are expected to enter service by 2019.[4]


  1. ^ Turksat Archived September 27, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Mayor's page ((in Turkish) Archived June 24, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ A statement by the Chamber of young business men (in Turkish)
  4. ^ "Russian plant for Turkey's Akkuyu". World Nuclear News. 13 May 2010. Archived from the original on 18 March 2012. Retrieved 2010-05-31. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)

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