Turkish Atomic Energy Authority has approved the design parameters of the Akkuyu NPP’ site


On 09 February 2017 the Turkish Atomic Energy Authority (TAEK, regulatory agency of the Republic of Turkey) approved the design parameters of the Akkuyu NPP’ site, which AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC studied, validated and eventually submitted to TAEK in the form of the Site Parameters Report (SPR) of the Akkuyu NPP Construction Project. This document with accurate values on the site parameters to be included into the design documentation of Akkuyu NPP has been prepared through the analysis of engineering surveys performed in the territory of the future NPP construction.


Approval of the parameters of the Akkuyu NPP’ site is a compulsory prerequisite for review of the AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC’s application documentation by TAEK’s departments in order to get a construction license for Akkuyu NPP. The Republic of Turkey is still elaborating the “road map” for the nuclear industry; the representatives of TAEK carefully and meticulously examine every document substantiating safety of the first Turkish nuclear power plant.


The initial version of the SPR, which numbered around 800 pages, was sent to the Turkish Atomic Energy Authority in November 2014. Then the specialists of TAEK and AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC were jointly working verifying the site parameters of the first Turkish nuclear power plant. On the initiative of the Turkish regulatory agency, information has been expanded and some issues related to seismicity, hydrogeology, hydrology, meteorology, stability of slopes, soil liquefaction, karst cavities and other natural man-induced phenomena able to occur in the area of the NPP, in Mersin province, in the south of the country, have been clarified. Radiological impact of the NPP and feasibility of the emergency planning and response in case of any malfunctions have been assessed.


The specialists and following companies of Roatom CS: Atomenergoproject OJSC, VNIIAES OJSC, and the Russian National Research Center “Kurchatov Institute” took part in preparation of the document. The following Turkish experienced engineering companies: «Envi Energy ve Çevre Yatırımları» , «Toker Sondaj ve İnşaat Mühendislik Müşavirlik», and the following leading research and educational institutions: Bosphorus University, Middle East Technical University, Mediterranean University, Hacettepe University, have been also engaged in those activities.


AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC headed all activities related to preparation of the SPR and dialogue with the Turkish regulator, TAEK; Worley Parsons acted as a coordinator of all work associated with preparation of this document.


The accomplished work has resulted in preparation of the expanded version of the SPR of Akkuyu NPP, which encompasses all comments of TAEK. The final SPR’s variant numbers over 6 thousand pages.


The Management of AKKUYU NPP JSC gives thanks to the employees of all institutions and companies involved in surveys, analysis of findings, preparation and approval of the Site Parameters Report of the first nuclear power plant in the Republic of Turkey.


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The construction project of Akkuyu NPP is being realized based on the Agreement on design and construction of the nuclear power plant in Turkey, signed between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Turkey on May 12, 2010.On October 13, 2011 TAEK transferred to AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC the license in effect to the site, and in November 2013, it approved the Basic Site Report (BSR) prepared by AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC under the Site License (applicable to construction of Akkuyu NPP with capacity of 4800MW). On December 01, 2014 the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization of the Republic of Turkey approved the Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR) prepared by AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC». On June 25, 2015 the Turkish Energy Market Regulation Authority issued a Preliminary Generation License to AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC. On June 29, 2015 AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC and Turkish «Cengiz İnşaat» signed the contract for design and building of the Off-shore Hydrological Engineering Structures of Akkuyu NPP