Russia says proposed Turkish nuclear plant ‘quake-resistant’

Russia will ensure a nuclear power plant it is to build in Turkey will be able to withstand powerful earthquakes, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said.

Russian nuclear power corporation Rosatom and contractor Atomstroiexport will use a “new scheme of management” in building Turkey’s first nuclear power plant in the southern town of Akkuyu, Medvedev said on Wednesday during talks with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan in Moscow.

“The plant that will be built will be an example for the rest of the world,” Erdogan said.

Engineers in Japan are struggling to avert nuclear fuel from boiling at Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, after a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami knocked out its cooling systems last Friday.

Helicopters are being used to dump seawater on the facility to cool the reactors and storage units, after workers were withdrawn amid a rise in radiation levels.


MOSCOW, March 16 (RIA Novosti)

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