April 23, 2020, Mersin Province, Gülnar District, Büyükeceli, Turkey. – On the occasion of The National Sovereignty and Children's Day AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC presented a gift certificate for 50,000 US$ to the school in Büyükeceli. According to Salih Karaca, the school principal, the funds received will be used to repair the utility lines of the buildings, purchase of sports equipment, as well as to equip the canteen-cafeteria that did not exist in the school before.


Aleksey Frolov, Managing Director for GR and International Cooperation of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC, delivered the certificate. He personally visited the educational institution and met with its principal Salih Karaca to congratulate the school on the holiday and hand over the certificate with best wishes. All epidemiological safety measures were taken during the visit: the meeting participants wore masks and kept social distance. Alexey Frolov highlighted the following:


"Children's Day is a reminder about the responsibility of the entire mankind for the young generation, its health and safety, physical, intellectual, spiritual and moral development. Children are the key asset of any nation. We live and work for them. We know that even under the pandemic conditions, the education process continues remotely while the children are still passionate and do not lose their interest for gaining knowledge. Special thanks to the teachers for that! I am sure that when the quarantine is over and life goes back to normal, the kids will be happy to return to their schools. And when this day comes, I hope our contribution will be very useful for the Büyükeceli school - let the children have everything they need, and most importantly health and a happy childhood! Dear parents, grandmothers, grandfathers and all who had devoted themselves to working with children, I sincerely wish you and your children peace, welfare, well-being, happiness and cheer. Let us take care and love our children! The grateful and happy eyes of a child shall be the tribute to all of us!"


Salih Karaca thanked Alexey Frolov for the kind words, as well as Rosatom State Corporation and AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC for the opportunity to make the school more comfortable for the children:


"On behalf of the entire school staff, pupils and on my behalf I personally would like to thank AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC and Rosatom State Corporation! We have an important business that we can carry out thanks to this gift: to finally build a canteen, which was not available for us until now. Currently children eat in rooms unequipped for this purpose, areas are not sufficient, and the number of pupils grows every year. Now we can build a separate building as we have the canteen design project. We had conducted children's festival several times in our school, including those with the participation of the children of the Akkuyu NPP construction site employees. I am sure that soon all children studying at our school shall gather in the new spacious and bright canteen!"



The National Sovereignty and Children's Day, a significant, benign and appealing holiday is celebrated for more than ninety years in the Republic of Turkey. By tradition, large-scale children's celebrations take place nationwide on this day. In the previous years AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC had congratulated the children of Turkey with special affection. Festivities were organized for the schoolchildren of the NPP construction area. The celebrations have been cancelled this time due to quarantine. The children contract their friends only through video chats, play and study at home.


AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC shall also support the children in the wish to be creative and dream during the forced self-isolation. The Company jointly with the Rossotrudnichestvo (Russian Federal Agency for the Affairs of the Confederation of Independent States, compatriots residing abroad, and on international and humanitarian cooperation) representative office in the Republic of Turkey have declared a contest "Paint the dream". It shall take place from April 20 to 29, 2020. All children aged 4 - 14 year are invited for participation. For this purpose it is necessary to draw on paper one's greatest wish, make a photo of the drawing and send it to the following address: marked ""Paint the dream" Drawing competition”, specifying the full name and age of the child. The winners shall get prizes from AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC. School backpacks with stationery products, branded T-shirts and books. The contest results shall be announced on May 4, 2020.


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About Akkuyu NPP Project


Akkuyu NPP is the first-ever nuclear power plant to be built in the Republic of Turkey. The project is being implemented on the basis of an intergovernmental agreement concluded between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Turkey on May 12, 2010. The project provides for the construction of four power units with Russian made generation 3+ VVER reactors. The capacity of each NPP power unit will amount to 1200 MW. Currently the project is entirely financed by the Russian side. Rosatom State Corporation is a majority shareholder of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC which has committed itself to the design, construction, maintenance, operation and decommissioning of the power plant. Akkuyu NPP is the first project in the global nuclear industry being implemented according to Build-Own-Operate model. Throughout the service life of Akkuyu NPP (60 years with a possible extension), Turkey will receive part of the income generated by Russian investments. In addition to direct payments and taxes, the project will create jobs and bring other positive effects on the Turkish economy.


Akkuyu NPP is a commercial NPP project with the latest VVER-1200 reactors. The reactors are equipped with a number of active and passive safety systems that meet the so-called “post-Fukushima” safety requirements. Serial production and operation of this technology at Novovoronezh NPP-2 and Leningrad NPP-2 confirm their reliability.

About Rosatom State Corporation


The State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM is one of the global technological leaders possessing the resources and competences for successful operation at all levels of the nuclear power production chain – from uranium mining to NPP decommissioning to nuclear waste processing. 

Rosatom is the largest power producer in Russia, meeting more than 19% of the country's energy needs.  The Company is a global leader in terms of the foreign project portfolio amount, with 36 power units in 12 countries at different stages of implementation.  Rosatom is the world's first uranium enrichment company, the second largest in uranium stocks, and the fourth-largest uranium producer; it also accounts for 17% of the nuclear fuel market.

The State Corporation incorporates about 400 enterprises and organizations, including the world's only nuclear icebreaker fleet. They employ about 250,000 persons.