In late November, a seminar was held on the campus of the Turkish Fuel Community in Ankara to discuss bringing the Introduction to Nuclear Energy course into the educational program of Turkish technical lyceums. This will ensure continuous training of junior technical personnel for Akkuyu NPP directly in the Republic of Turkey.


The seminar was attended by representatives of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC, the Turkish Ministry of Education, TAEK, the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources. Within the framework of the seminar, the Introduction to Nuclear Energy course was discussed, which will be based on the textbook of the same name, authored by Hussein Chechenov, Director for Educational and Cooperation Programs of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC.


The course curriculum and contents of the textbook of the same name are intended for technical lyceum students to study basic atomic energy disciplines. Work on the textbook began in December 2018, when a workshop was held in Ankara under the auspices of the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources attended by representatives of the Ministry of Public Education of Turkey, universities, colleges and technical lyceums of the Republic of Turkey, as well as representatives of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC. The event was dedicated to the issue of possible involvement of graduates of Turkish technical lyceums in the construction and operation of Akkuyu NPP. The textbook has been translated into Turkish. The translation assistance of young specialists and company employees who studied in 2011-2018 under the personnel training program for Akkuyu NPP at National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute) in Russia was invaluable.

About Akkuyu NPP


Akkuyu NPP is the first-ever nuclear power plant to be built in the Republic of Turkey. The project is being implemented based on the Inter-Governmental Agreement on cooperation in the construction and operation of nuclear power plant at Akkuyu site in the Republic of Turkey concluded between the Government of the Russian Federation and Government of the Republic of Turkey on 12 May 2010. The project stipulates the construction of four power units equipped with Russian-designed 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 the 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.

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 electricity producer in Russia, meeting more than 18% 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 and the fourth-largest uranium producer; it has the world's second-largest uranium stocks, and 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 a total of about 250,000 people.