AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC took part in the International Nuclear Power Plants Summit in Turkey


Istanbul hosted the 4th International NPPs Summit. The Nuclear Industry Association of Turkey organized the Summit in concert with the Association of Nuclear Engineers and the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of the Republic of Turkey. Over 200 business gatherings and negotiations were held during two days of the Summit work; participants from Russia, Japan, Germany, France, Czech Republic and China discussed opportunities for further cooperation in the nuclear industry. The Summit gathered major nuclear industry players and single-discipline scientists, representatives of public and governmental organizations. Various panel discussions took place in the framework of the forum, one of them focused on “localization of production”. More than 100 foreign companies discussed scopes and prospects of involvement in development of the nuclear industry. The construction project of the first Turkish nuclear power plant based on Russian technologies, Akkuyu NPP, caused keen interest from nuclear industry leaders.

At the opening of the Forum the Head of the Organizing Committee Koray Tuncer said that in future the Turkish economy must focus on the cutting-edge industries, including nuclear one. «Construction and operation of the nuclear power plant is a long-lead process that lasts decades. Given than, NPPs generate inexpensive electric power and encourage development of related industries. If Turkey invests in nuclear energy and stimulate its small-scale and medium-scale enterprises to produce relevant products, we shall get a chance to take part in NPP construction projects not only in our country but abroad. With this Turkey will turn from the country importing technologies into the country exporting them,» – Koray Tuncer said.

The Head of the Summit Şule Ergün, Ph.D and Associate Professor of Nuclear Physics of the Hacettepe University said that the construction of one nuclear power plant required around 500 thousand units of various equipment and components; job opportunities for 12-14 thousand of people would be available. «Influence of NPP construction and operation projects on the economics can be compared with doping effect in sport. Around 30 nuclear power plants will be launched in Turkey, Africa and Middle East countries by 2060; and the cost of each of such a project will be about 20 billion US dollars. So this is a huge market for a value of up to 600 billion US dollars,» – Şule Ergün said.

AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC was one of the major partners of this International Summit and its representatives took part in the business support program.

Kürşad Tosun, Director, Licensing and GR of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC explained the licensing process of Akkuyu NPP. He reminded that the Site Parameters Report was approved in February 2017, and on 3 March 2017 application for the construction license was filed to the Turkish Atomic Energy Authority. Tosun said that according to Company’s forecasts, the document submission allows the Turkish side issuing the Restricted Construction Permit in 2017. Receipt of such a permit will let start construction of the so-called non-nuclear part of the plant, for example, Turbine Island and auxiliary buildings and structures. He added: «Challenging and eventful phase of work is waiting for our Company. We sent the application for the generation license to the Energy Market Regulatory Agency (EMRA) in last February. The Agency is reviewing our application».

Igor Kogay, Director for Industrial Safety and Quality Control of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC, made a presentation in which focused on technical characteristics of the project. He provided information on the structure of company’s shareholders and “build-own-operate” model (BOO). Kogay said that the Akkuyu NPP project was being implemented under the Intergovernmental Agreement and was a unique NPP construction project under the BOO model.

Esra Songur, Local Procurement Coordinator of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC, referred to the subject very important for local vendors, namely, “Organization of local procurement in AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC”. She said: «AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC will assess Turkish vendors by various criteria, among them: quality assurance and certificates available, experience, capacities for design activities, human resource, production and other parameters.»

The panel discussion “Russian Nuclear Expertise and Akkuyu Project Info” attracted special interest. Vladimir Artisiuk, Vice-Rector, Director, Department of International Cooperation, Rosatom Central Institute for Continuing Education & Training (Rosatom-CICET) said that in the future the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) would pay special attention to embarking countries. «We cooperate for a long time with many countries in training of specialists for nuclear industry», — Artisiuk told. Alena Yakovleva, Member of the Public Council of Rosatom and Head of Internet Portal “Russian nuclear community” told to guests of the Summit about activities in the sphere of public acceptance of nuclear energy. She said that the Public Council was established in 2006 has a goal to increase population awareness about nuclear industry. «It is an independent body tasked to perform public control in the nuclear industry. We efficiently cooperate with Rosatom State Corporation, citizens and public associations; identify the most pressing issues the population is interested in. Every person living in proximity to an NPP is very important.» Alena Yakovleva told about activities of the Public Information Center (PIC) of Akkuyu NPP in the city of Mersin: «Our lessons learnt in Russian we transfer to Turkey. Over 70,000 people have visited PIC within five years. According to polls over 80% of people who visited our centers have changed their attitude to nuclear energy, and over 60% of visitors have no doubts about reliability of safety systems of modern NPPs. This is a unique instrument letting all people concerned to get answers to all questions of interest.»

Vladimir Kondakov, Deputy Director of the Center for Atomic Energy NRNU MEPhI, said about training of specialist for the future Turkish NPP. He told that the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI was created in Russia in 1942; 38 thousand students and 700 PhDs have been trained and performed researches in MEPhI. Now over 700 foreign students, citizens of Turkey, Belarus, Jordan and other countries, are being trained in the University. The Turkish senior-year students have a good command of Russian and freely contact with the academic staff.




The first Akkuyu NPP in Turkey is being implemented on the basis of the Intergovernmental Agreement signed by and between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey in Ankara on 12 May 2010. The Project provides for four power units of 1,200MW capacity each. AKKUYU NPP is a serial nuclear power plant project of generation 3+ based on the VVER-1200 Project of Novovoronezh NPP-2 (Russia, Voronezh Region). Upon construction completion AKKUYU NPP is projected to annually generate around 35 bln. kWh.