Nuclear industry news


12.11.2015

Representatives from Morocco familiarise themselves with Akkuyu NPP construction project

 

A delegation from Africa paid a four-day visit to Turkey. Representatives from Morocco's state-owned National Office for Drinking Water and Electrification arrived to AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC in order to familiarise themselves with the experience of implementation of the Russian project for construction of the first nuclear power plant on the Mediterranean Sea coast. The delegation included Phas Mohammed Tabet, Director for Security and Licensing; Rachid Zair, Director for Field Works; and Ahmed Mehdaui, Project Manager.

 

     

 

Within the framework of an information seminar, officials from State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom, Rusatom Overseas JSC and AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC addressed the guests.

 

Experts from State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom and Rusatom Overseas JSC provided detailed information about Russian projects implemented abroad; readily available solutions offered by State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom for the nuclear infrastructure development in countries embarking on nuclear power programmes; providing training for professionals; Quality Management System of State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom and its integration in the project for construction of Turkey’s first nuclear power plant, as well as about specific features of the Russian nuclear technology VVER used in Akkuyu NPP design.

 

Representative of the host party, AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC, told the guests from Morocco about licenses and permits applicable to Akkuyu NPP project under the laws of Turkey; timelines and specific features of Akkuyu NPP construction project; a financial strategy pursued; an approach towards project design and management and many more. After the presentations experts answered all the questions asked by the guests from Morocco.

 

    

 

Mohammed Tabet, Director for Security and Licensing of Morocco's National Office for Drinking Water and Electrification, assessed the visit as follows, “We have appreciated the opportunity to learn about Akkuyu NPP construction project. We are interested in the experience of the Republic of Turkey in the implementation of such a large-scale project. We would like to obtain information about Russian nuclear technologies and have explored why Turkey opted for the Russian experience for its first nuclear power plant. We plan to learn about nuclear power engineering in different countries and conduct a comparative analysis for ourselves.”

 

Dmitry Pokidyshev, Head of Department for NPP Construction Methodology and Schedule Follow-up Control noted, “The visit of experts from Morocco to the Republic of Turkey was initiated by the IAEA and the Turkish Atomic Energy Authority ТАЕК. AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC accepted the offer to arrange this visit in company’s headquarters in Ankara and on Akkuyu NPP site. On our part, we provided detailed information about Akkuyu NPP project and works currently carried out by company’s personnel. Issues such as strategic importance of the project to the Republic of Turkey and the Russian Federation, licensing and project management procedures, as well as financial and economic aspects were primarily discussed. Officials from State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom and Rusatom Overseas JSC provided detailed information about their projects implemented abroad and delivered an exhaustive overview on safety issues of the Russian nuclear technology VVER and its use at Akkuyu NPP.”

 

The programme of the fourth day of the Moroccan delegation’s visit to Turkey involved visiting the Province of Mersin, where the site for future construction of Akkuyu NPP is located. Dmitry Tveritinov, Director for Construction, AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC, delivered to the guests a presentation about the current status of the project and plans of activities for the near future. He provided a detailed description of construction technologies and NPP operation principles and talked about specific features of the VVER-1200 reactor of the Russian design, which will be used at Akkuyu NPP.

 

Lütfi Sarıcı, Director of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC’s Public Information Centre (PIC) in Mersin, told the guests from Morocco about public awareness raising activities in Turkey. He talked about public awareness raising activities relating to the nuclear power industry. Lütfi Sarıcı emphasised, “At the Public Information Centre we provide information on topics that are of interest to people, such as the development history of the nuclear power industry, news of the nuclear power industry, significance of Akkuyu NPP to the region and the country. We provide a visual representation of NPP operation. Furthermore, the Public Information Centre holds training programmes, seminars, conferences, round-table discussions, as well as joint activities with public organisations and local authorities. We provide visitors of the Public Information Centre with detailed information about Akkuyu NPP construction project.

 

For reference:

In 2010, the Government of Morocco announced its plans to construct and commission two nuclear power plants by 2020. In 2011, a draft law and a plan for establishment of an Atomic Energy Authority were presented. In September of the current year, the International Atomic Energy Agency announced a decision concerning the use of nuclear generation in countries of Africa, including Morocco.

 

Press Service, AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC