On November 3, Istanbul hosted the 41st International Istanbul Marathon - one of the largest sports events in Turkey. The team of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC participated in the marathon: 15 employees participated in the marathon from the company implementing the project for the construction of the first Akkuyu nuclear power plant in Turkey, five of which decided to try their hand at a full marathon (distance 42.195 kilometers).


In total, about 140 thousand people from 106 different countries took part in the marathon race. Everyone could become participants in the competition - both professional and amateur runners. This year the Istanbul Marathon has hosted 58 world-famous athletes. The winner among men was the athlete from Kenya, Daniel Kibet with the best result of 2 hours 9 minutes 44 seconds. Among the women, Hirut Tibebu from Ethiopia was the first to finish having covered the marathon distance in as fast as 2 hours 23 minutes 40 seconds. The best in the team of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC was Mikhail Lakeev, chief turbine workshop specialist, with a result of 3 hours 50 minutes 24 seconds.


The Istanbul Marathon has been held regularly since 1979. It is unique in that during the race participants cross the border between two continents: the start line is in the Asian part of Istanbul, and the finish line is already in Europe, in the center of the old city.


“My colleagues advised me to take part in the race. I haven't run a marathon before, but I was actively involved in boxing and cycling. I am proud that I was honored to represent our company in such a significant international competition. It was an unforgettable experience; my teammates and I had a great time and met many new friends. I will definitely participate in the next marathon that will be held in a year,” shared his impressions Hüseyin Yaldız, employee of the fire safety service of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC.


AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC regularly participates in various events aimed at promoting sports and a healthy lifestyle. For example, the team of AKKYUU NUCLEAR JSC was represented at the Runatolia 2019 marathon race held in Turkish Antalya in March 2019.

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.