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Rosatom Seeking Partners for Turkish Nuclear Project

Reactor builder and supplier Rosatom is talking with a number of local and international firms interested in investing in Turkey's first nuclear project, worth $20 billion, an official in its Turkish subsidiary said.

"Five Turkish companies have applied to become an equity partner. Also there are foreign companies who have applied as well," Rauf Kasimov, deputy general manager of Akkuyu NPP, said in an interview.

He declined to name the interested companies.

Turkey is pushing ahead with an ambitious nuclear program to provide 10 percent of its electricity needs by 2023 and reduce its dependence on imports of oil and gas for nearly all its energy.

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