As we’ve said before here at Nuclear Reaction, we admire drive, determination and ambition. Those qualities sent people into outer space, discovered cures for all manner of diseases, and gave us The Simpsons.
But while praise is deserved by those who realise their ambitions, kind warnings are needed for those who never will. Take Turkey, for example. The last four of its tendering processes to build its first nuclear reactor failed miserably. The most recent embarrassingly only attracted one bid and that bid had big problems.
Now, we hear that Turkey is pressing ahead with plans for its second nuclear power plant. Can’t someone take Turkey aside and have a quiet chat? Come on, they should say, you can’t run before you can walk. You can’t walk before you can crawl. Turkey, nuclear power projects really aren’t your strong point. Try something else.