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Developing National Competence in Nuclear Energy: The Case of Turkey

  • Hatice Karahan
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Abstract

Turkey's economy has long dealt with current account deficit, which stems largely from its energy dependence on foreign countries. The insufficiency of national energy resources poses challenges for Turkey not only economically but also in terms of energy supply security. In this regard, Turkey recently launched plans related to nuclear energy, which will be carried out with international collaboration, as has been done by many countries around the world. On the other hand, nuclear power requires responsibility and careful thought regarding its sustainability. That is why any country attempting to develop a nuclear energy sector should adopt a comprehensive and well-formulated nuclear strategy. Turkey needs one, too. This chapter draws up a basic framework for the main pillars of a national nuclear strategy and underlines the critical considerations in developing competence in nuclear energy. Within this context, the discussion of Turkey’s case revolves around the factors to be developed.

Keywords

Nuclear energy Nuclear power plants National competence Turkey 

JEL Codes

O13 Q42 Q43 Q48 

Abbreviations

AFP

Atoms for Peace

BOO

Build-Own-Operate

CBRT

Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey

EC

European Commission

GW

Gigawatt

IAEA

International Atomic Energy Agency

MW

Megawatt

NIMBY

Not in My Backyard

NPP

Nuclear Power Plant

OECD

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

TAEK

Turkish Atomic Energy Authority

TETAS

Turkish Electricity Trade and Contract Corporation

TUBITAK

Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey

TurkStat

Turkish Statistical Institute

WNA

World Nuclear Association.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hatice Karahan
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  1. 1.Department of Economics and Finance, School of BusinessIstanbul Medipol UniversityIstanbulTurkey

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