Sinop Nuclear Power Plant

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Sinop Nuclear Power Plant
Sinop Nuclear Power Plant is located in Turkey
Sinop Nuclear Power Plant
Location of Sinop Nuclear Power Plant in Turkey
Official name Sinop Nükleer Güç Santrali A.Ş.
Country Turkey
Location Sinop
Coordinates 42°00′N 35°00′E / 42.000°N 35.000°E / 42.000; 35.000Coordinates: 42°00′N 35°00′E / 42.000°N 35.000°E / 42.000; 35.000
Status Contracted
Commission date 2023 (scheduled)
Construction cost US$22 billion
Nuclear power station
Reactor type Atmea I Generation III Pressurised Water Reactor (PWR)
Reactor supplier Atmea
Power generation
Units planned 4 x 1,120 MWe [1]
Nameplate capacity 4,480 MWe [1]

The Sinop Nuclear Power Plant (Turkish: Sinop Nükleer Enerji Santrali) is a planned nuclear plant located at Sinop in northern Turkey. It will be the country's second nuclear power plant after the projected Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant.

The deal for the project on a build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis was signed between Turkish Prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on May 3, 2013. The project will be carried out by Atmea, a joint venture consortium of Japanese Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and French Areva. Turkey, being geographically on a highly active earthquake-prone zone, relies on top-level safety know-how and experience of Japanese experts against earthquakes.[2]

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Itochu will build the power plant, which will have a capacity of around 4,480 MWe.[1][3] Four generation III pressurized water reactors (PWR) of type Atmea I developed by Atmea will be installed in the nuclear plant.[2] French electric utility company Engie will be in charge of the operation of the nuclear plant. It is intended that Turkish Electricity Generation Corporation (EÜAŞ) will have 20-45% shares in the nuclear plant.[2]

As of June 2015, the project remains in feasibility study stage, and the total project cost is estimated at approx. $15.8 billion, of which 70% will be debt financed.[4] It is projected that the first unit of Sinop plant will be active by 2023, and the fourth unit enter service by 2028.[2][5][6]


  1. ^ a b c "Nuclear Power Plant Planned Projects In Our Country". Republic of Turkey Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources., 
  2. ^ a b c d "Turkey, Japan sign $22 bln deal for Sinop nuclear plant". Hurriyet Daily News. Hürriyet Gazetecilik ve Matbaacılık A.Ş., May 3, 2013. Retrieved May 4, 2013. 
  3. ^ "MHI to Step Up Involvement in Sinop Nuclear Power Plant Project In Turkey". Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., May 8, 2013. Retrieved June 21, 2013. 
  4. ^ "2 Japanese companies aim to fund 30% of Turkish nuclear project". Nikkei Asian Review. Nikkei. 8 June 2015. Retrieved 9 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Turkey, Japan agree on nuclear plant investment". Anadolu Ajansı T.A.Ş., Anatolian Agency. May 3, 2013. Retrieved June 21, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Nuclear plants to help Turkey shave 7.2 bn $ off energy imports". Anadolu Ajansı T.A.Ş., Anatolian Agency. May 4, 2013. Retrieved June 21, 2013.