A contract to build the first plant on the Mediterranean has been awarded to Russian firm Rosatom. The plant is scheduled for construction in 2015 and is projected to produce electricity in 2019.

With increasing demand for electricity, Turkey seeks to set up several nuclear plants in the next decade to diminish its dependence on imported oil and gas.

Turkish energy ministry and GDF Suez officials told Reuters that representatives from Japan and Turkey held discussions in Ankara last week to work on an intergovernmental agreement for the second nuclear plant.

The ministry is currently examining bids from the consortium, officials confirmed.

A GDF Suez official further told the news agency that the planned capacity at the plant is 5,000MW.

"If agreement is not reached with the energy ministry regarding the plant at Sinop, the same consortium will bid for Turkey’s third planed nuclear plant," the official added.

Estimated to cost $20bn, the first nuclear plant in at Mersin Akkuyu will comprise four power units to allow for a capacity of 4,800MW.