A ceremony marking the start of construction on the Akkuyu nuclear power plant was held in the Turkish city of Mersin on Sunday. “Let’s take the Novovoronezh nuclear power station which is a benchmark for the Akkuyu plant. In 1959, the construction of the Novovoronezh first nuclear unit started when only 3,000 people lived there. Now it is a city with 30,000 people,” Minister of Energy and... Еще Natural Resources of Turkey Fatih Donmez said. In 2010, Moscow and Ankara signed an intergovernmental agreement to create the Akkuyu plant near the port of Mersin. Russia is financing the project with a build-own-operate model. The construction is scheduled for completion in 2023. Power from the plant is expected to be sold mostly inside the country.