On November 27, representatives of mass media of the Republic of Turkey took part in the opening of the photo exhibition "Atoms of Knowledge: from Novovoronezh to Akkuyu NPP" of the Kommersant publish

The photo exhibition crowned the first stage of the international creative media project "NPP as a source of regional development" and is dedicated to the project of the State Corporation "Rosatom" for the construction of Turkey's first nuclear power plant.


The inaugural opening was held with participation of senior executives of Novovoronezh NPP, regional and municipal administrations.


It is no accident that Novovoronezh became the starting point for the Russian-Turkish project, as it is here that Novovoronezh NPP has been operating for 54 years, providing 85% of electricity needs of Voronezh Region with a population of more than 2,300,000 people.


And the state-of-art VVER-1200 power units of generation III+ design with enhanced safety systems that will make the basis of Akkuyu NPP, are already implemented here. Power unit No.1 of Novovoronezh NPP-2 with such reactor was put in commercial operation on 27 February 2017.


To create the exhibition, on 22 to 25 of October 2018 journalists of the Voronezh edition of the "Kommersant" newspaper visited the construction site of Akkuyu NPP as well as the settlement of Büyükeceli (which is the populated area nearest to the site) and the city of Mersin, where they could see how the practical experience of the Russian nuclear industry is being implemented in Turkey and took pictures.


A return visit for Turkish journalists organised by the AKKUYU NUCLEAR project company jointly with Novovoronezh NPP marks the second stage of the creative media project.


The aim of the project is to strengthen friendly relations between the media communities of Russia and Turkey, as well as to inform the residents of Mersin province about the new opportunities that their region will receive as a result of the construction of a modern nuclear power plant. The Akkuyu NPP construction project has already given a boost to the development of the areas adjacent to the site. In just a couple of years, new roads and several hotels have appeared here, with more residential buildings, schools and hospitals planned to be built.


Sezgin Pancar, a photojournalist working for the Turkish state news agency Anadolu, and Mustapha Ercan, the chief of a regional unit of Demiroren (one of Turkey's largest media holdings) work and live in the province of Mersin, where the Akkuyu nuclear plant is being built. It is very important for them to be able to talk to their Russian colleagues, as well as to executives and employees of the nuclear power plant, residents of the nearby city, to see Novovoronezh NPP and a power unit with a VVER-1200 reactor in operation, and to appreciate the highly developed infrastructure of Voronezh Region. During their visit to Turkey, the representatives of the Voronezh edition of the Kommersant newspaper told that before the NPP was built there, Novovoronezh had been a small village of about 200 households, and today the Turkish guests could see for themselves the scale of positive developments that have unfolded in the area near the plant since then.


Recounting his impressions of the visit, Sezgin Pancar said: "I have been living in Mersin all my life and it would be true to say that the plant is being built right in front of my eyes. It is already noticeable how the life of the province is changing, with new roads, jobs, and new opportunities for businesses arising. And now that I have seen the city near Novovoronezh NPP, I can realise that my home region will have a new energy for development, will become more comfortable, successful and modern owing to Akkuyu NPP.


Mustapha Ercan is pleased to have an opportunity to visit Russia's most advanced NPP and get acquainted with people living near it. He believes that the residents of Mersin will find it very interesting to see the photographs taken during the trip to Novovoronezh, to learn about the beautiful nature and comfortable living conditions there.


On returning to their country, the journalists of Turkish news agencies will organise a photo exhibition about Novovoronezh NPP, where a parallel will be drawn between the two nuclear power plants - the Russian and the Turkish ones - so that the residents of Mersin could see the future to be brought to their region by nuclear power.


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Akkuyu NPP is the project for construction of the first NPP in Turkey which is implemented on the basis of the Inter-Governmental Agreement signed by the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey in May, 2010. Akkuyu NPP VVER-1200 power units are among the most advanced generation III+ designs with enhanced safety systems that meet all existing requirements. This is a series Russian design of a nuclear power plant on the basis of the Novovoronezh NPP-2 design (Russia, Voronezh Region), the first unit of which was commissioned on 27 February 2017. Upon completion of construction, Akkuyu NPP with installed capacity 4800 MW will generate about 35 billion kW*hr annually. The operation period will be 60 years and can be extended for 20 more years.


The Rosatom State Corporation (Russia) is a majority shareholder of Akkuyu NPP. The project is implemented as per BOO model (build-own-operate).


Within a long-term contract, the AKKUYU NUCLEAR project company assumed obligations for design, construction, maintenance, operation and decommissioning of the plant.


Novovoronezh NPP is a branch of Rosenergoatom Concern OJSC (being a part of the largest division of Rosatom State Corporation - the Electric Power Division). The plant is situated on the bank of the River Don 42 km to the south of Voronezh. This is Russia's first NPP with VVER type reactors (water cooled water moderated power reactors with pressurised light water). Each of the five reactors of the plant is a prototype of serial reactors. Power unit 1 was started in 1964, power unit 2 - in 1969, power unit 3 - in 1971, power unit 4 - in 1972, power unit 5 - in 1980. Power units Nos. 1 and 2 were shut down in 1984 and 1990, respectively. Power unit No. 3 was shut down in 2016 for undertaking measures on decommissioning. Power unit No. 1 of Novovoronezh NPP-2 was put in commercial operation on 27 February 2017. Start-up and commissioning work is under way at power unit No. 2 of Novovoronezh NPP-2.


Rosatom State Corporation is the leader of the world market of nuclear technologies that has been in business for more than 70 years. The company's leading positions are supported by a number of competitive advantages, the availability of a full nuclear fuel cycle being one of the most important of them. The structure of the company includes enterprises operating at all stages of the process cycle, including mining and enrichment of uranium, creation of nuclear fuel, production of equipment and engineering, construction and operation of nuclear power plants, technologies for handling spent nuclear fuel and radiation waste, training of personnel.


Rosatom unites more than 300 enterprises and about 250 thousand employees. In addition to nuclear energy, Rosatom is actively implementing projects in such areas as nuclear medicine, research reactors, composite materials, supercomputers and software, wind energy, etc.