Developing National Competence in Nuclear Energy: The Case of Turkey
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.
KeywordsNuclear energy Nuclear power plants National competence Turkey
JEL CodesO13 Q42 Q43 Q48
Atoms for Peace
Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey
International Atomic Energy Agency
Not in My Backyard
Nuclear Power Plant
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Turkish Atomic Energy Authority
Turkish Electricity Trade and Contract Corporation
Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey
Turkish Statistical Institute
World Nuclear Association.
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