IAEA Delivers Report on Nuclear Power Development to Turkey


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The International Atomic Energy Agency delivered today the final report from an IAEA Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) mission, conducted in November 2013, to the Turkish Government.


The report concludes that Turkey has made important progress in its development of nuclear infrastructure for a nuclear power programme and that strong government support for the project is evident, with effective mechanisms for coordination among the individual institutions. The report acknowledges that this is the first time a country is using a Build-Own-Operate (BOO) approach for a nuclear power project. The report makes 24 recommendations and 15 suggestions to assist the national authorities in further preparing the infrastructure necessary for the project.


"The INIR Mission reviewed the status of development of the 19 infrastructure issues using the Phase 2 criteria of the IAEA's Milestones approach," said IAEA Deputy Director General Alexander Bychkov after delivering the document to the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, Mr Metin Kilci, and the President of the Turkish Atomic Energy Authority, Mr Zafer Alper.


"In addition to the recommendations and suggestions, the report also identified several good practices in the Turkish nuclear power programme," added Mr Bychkov, who also heads the IAEA Department of Nuclear Energy.  A good practice is more than just the fulfilment of the conditions or expectations. It is worthy of the attention of other countries involved in the development of nuclear infrastructure as a model in the drive for excellence.


The main recommendations to Turkey include enacting a law on nuclear energy which establishes an independent regulatory body and putting a national policy in place that covers a wide range of issues, as well as further developing the required human resources.


"Turkey appreciates the recommendations of the international experts and will study them thoroughly. We recognize that there are aspects of the nuclear infrastructure which require further actions and we will address them in a timely fashion," said Mr Metin Kilci.


Turkey decided to include nuclear power in its energy mix to meet the increasing demand for electricity and support its economic development. The share of nuclear power in Turkish electricity generation is aimed to reach 10 per cent by 2023.


In May 2010, an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) was signed with the Russian Federation for the construction and operation of the first NPP at the Akkuyu site as a Build-Own-Operate (BOO) project. A project company, Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant Electricity Generation Joint-Stock Company (Akkuyu Project Company, APC), was established. It is expected that a construction license application will be submitted in May 2014. Turkey is also developing another project at Sinop with Japan.


The mission to Turkey in November 2013 was the 12th INIR mission conducted by the IAEA.