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greekdefaultwatch@gmail.com Natural gas consultant by day, blogger on the Greek economy by night. Trained as an economist and political scientist. I believe in common sense and in data, and my aim is to offer insight written in language that is clear and convincing.

07 March 2006

Nuclear power in Turkey?

This is an interesting story: Turkey’s energy minister, Hilmi Guler, has said that, “the rise in oil prices and the need for multiple sources of energy make our need for nuclear energy an utmost priority” (link). According to the minister, Turkey is considering building up to five atomic energy plants, the first of which would open in 2012. Currently, Turkey imports 90% of its natural gas from Iran and Russia, making the case for diversification rather strong. But while the economic logic for this move is sound, one has to wonder if Turkish leaders are looking at Tehran as much as they are at the energy numbers.

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