August 15, 2022, Büyükeceli, Mersin Province, Turkiye. – A ceremony of awarding builders was held at the Akkuyu NPP construction site. The event was organized on the occasion of Builder's Day, a professional holiday traditionally celebrated in Russia on the second Sunday of August. The celebration of this holiday has also become a good tradition at the Akkuyu NPP construction site. The event was attended by representatives of all companies involved in the construction of Akkuyu NPP.


In a welcoming speech to the representatives of Turkish companies participating in the project, AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC CEO Anastasia Zoteeva thanked each builder for their work and high professionalism: “It is the Turkish companies that accomplish an incomparably large amount of work. We are doing everything possible to ensure that the construction goes on uninterruptedly. It does not stop even for an hour. Every single hour brings us closer to the long-awaited goal, the launch of the first power unit! The number of Turkish citizens and companies participating in the project will grow! We are not only building a nuclear power plant, we are creating the foundation for the development of many related industries in Turkey. It will further strengthen Russian-Turkish cooperation in science, technology, education and other areas. We are actually building the future for several generations of engineers, for the people of the whole region and the entire Republic!”

The representatives of more than 20 Turkish contractors employed at the Akkuyu NPP construction site received letters of appreciation signed out for their devotion to the construction project of the first nuclear power plant in Turkey and commitment to the noble ideals of the builder's profession. They also received memorable souvenirs from the hands of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC CEO Anastasia Zoteeva.


AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC First Deputy CEO, Director of the NPP under construction Sergei Butckikh addressed the participants of the ceremony: “A builder is a noble and very responsible profession in demand at all times. Today we are building a whole city with its own communications, engineering networks, roads, office buildings, tunnels, and power grid infrastructure. During its construction, the best, time-tested and most reliable engineering solutions are applied. Today, the history of a new branch of the Republic of Turkey - nuclear energy is being created by your own hands. Happy Builder’s Day and thank you for your hard work!”

At the end of the ceremony, a tour around the construction site of the nuclear power plant was organized for office employees. Accompanied by experienced engineers, employees visited the Eastern cargo terminal and the pumping stations construction site. They also saw the nuclear power units under construction and observed the construction site from a bird's eye view, the highest point of the site at an altitude of 200 meters above sea level. The participants shared their impressions regarding the tour with following words:


Elif Uğur, Specialist of the Licensing Support Unit: “I was very much impressed by the tour! I started working here two months ago, and I am very proud to work on such a large-scale project. It was very interesting to see the construction site in detail. Each builder and their work are of great importance. This is a very difficult profession, especially given the climate in the province of Mersin. I was also struck by the complexity of the construction being built! I am proud that very soon Turkey will own something that many countries can only dream of. Nuclear power plants are amazing with their technological solutions.”

Hüseyin Arif Ergül, Specialist of Radioisotope Devices Repair Shop, Thermal Automation and Measurement Department: “I visited the construction places where I had never been before. We were at the pumping station, in the port, inspecting the power units and the entire site from a height of 200 meters. What struck me the most was the pit of the pumping station. Its project was developed jointly by Turkish and Russian engineers. The construction work is going on very actively, there were a lot of workers on the site.”

Hüseyin Talo, Operator of Radioactive Waste and Spent Nuclear Fuel Management Division: “The joint work that is being done to build such a large nuclear power plant is really impressive. Here everything is thought out to the smallest detail! It is very difficult to manage the construction of such an object, and I wish all of us that the station will be completed on time. And we, nuclear engineers, will be ready to take it over from the builders, to ensure the launch of the nuclear power plant and its reliable operation!”

Mahmut Enes Bozdoğan, Evaporation Operator of The Chemical Department: “I can say without any exaggeration that the construction is fascinating indeed! My colleagues and I saw the site from different angles. We received information about the purpose of various buildings and structures. Most of all, I was struck by the work intensity - it is in full swing in each place! And also, the scale and size of the power units under construction are very impressive.”