Turkish delegation visited Championship of Russia in fishing in the water-cooling pond of the nuclear power plant


Rosatom State Corporation jointly with Akkuyu NPP arranged the visit of the Turkish delegation to All-Russia Championship in fishing, which took place in the city of Udomlya (Tver region) in the water-cooling pond of Kalininskaya NPP. The Championship gathered about 100 professional sportsmen from 15 regions of the Russian Federation. The teams comprised the masters of sports of international class from Arkhangelsk, Voronezh, Leningrad, Rostov regions, as well as from Saint Petersburg, Moscow, Krasnodar territory, Republics of Bashkortostan and Tatarstan. The competition took place in the water-cooling pond of Kalininskaya NPP.


For several years such actions take place in close proximity from nuclear power stations. In 2009 such competitions take place in the water-cooling pond of Novovoronezhskaya NPP, in 2011 - at Rostov nuclear power plant, in 2012 - at Smolenskaya NPP. The Championship of Russia is the largest competition of All-Russia level and one of the basic stages on formation of the list of candidates to the picked team. Fishing amateurs from all over Russia and foreign delegations from four countries:  Bangladesh, India, Turkey and Czechia came to observe this sports competition.


Competitions took place in personal and team classification. For 2 days sportsmen managed the brought equipment craftily and applied different methods, within the rules of competitions, in order to outrange rivals. Over 400 kilograms of fish were caught for 2 days. «The participants of competitions liked the water pond. The amount of fish in the pond is such that sportsmen did not sit doing anything. Tver region met us with good weather and turned out to be very hospitable», - member of the judicial assembly of the Championship Vladimir Kotov said. After the team of the main arbiter and control weighing of the yield, upon requests of the participants of competitions, fish from the water-cooling pond of Kalininskaya NPP passed inspection by dosimetric laboratory. Its capacity of gamma radiation corresponded to the natural value. Everyone, who wished, could make personally assure oneself of its absolute safety and edibility. After summary of the results sportsmen-winners got cups and valuable prizes.




Almost all fish, caught in the course of competitions, was released back into the pond. A part of the yield was appropriated for the fish soup, which could be tasted in the central city square of Udomlya, where the culinary festival took place. Local cooks presented dishes, cooked of fish, caught by sportsmen, for approval of the jury. Master-class of the authoritative Moscow chef, founder of the culinary school «Ask the chef» Konstantin Ivlev, was presented within the saturated program of the festival. Popular Russian TV presenter Elena Khanga helped him in holding of the festival.


Within the Championship in fishing foreign delegations visited Kalininskaya NPP. The guests saw the reactor compartment, engine house of the power unit, block pump stations, cooling towers, turbines, block control unit of the 3rd power unit. Chief shift foreman Konstantin Pasko acted as a guide. He told about main principles of work of NPP, about technical characteristics and peculiarities of the reactor of WWER type, about permanently improved security systems. After visiting basic facilities at the plant the group of foreign delegations went to the public information center (PIC) of Kalininskaya NPP, where the press conference with the plant director Mikhail Kanyshev took place.


The representative of the Turkish delegation Alpay Kalan asked the question about the degree of influence of the NPP on the environment.  Answering the questions, director of KaNPP noted that the sensors of the automatic radiation situation control system are located in the city of Udomlya, at the plant and in close proximity to NPP (ARSCS). Readings of the devices are output to Internet and one can study them online. The plant meets all standards and requirements of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). After the tragedy in Japan stress tests were held at the plant, which showed absolute safety of power units to the environment. Hereby additional equipment was purchased and supplied to NPP in case of emergence of contingencies. «Such equipment, tested in the 4th unit of Kalininskaya NPP, was purchased and supplied to all Russian nuclear power plants», - Kanyshev specified. He also noted that three months ago the head of IAEA Yukiya Amano visited Kalininskaya plant and gave high evaluation to the security level. «It was useful for me to see absolutely new Russian nuclear power station, I mean the fourth power unit, as well as units, constructed in the 1980-s. I want to say that the fourth power unit of the plant is the most up-to-date facility, multilevel security system is installed on it» - Amano said in the course of his visit.


The Turkish delegation was headed by the representative of Akkuyu NPP JSC Takhar Agayev. He thanked the Director of Kalininskaya plant for the exhaustive answers to the questions and told about implementation of the construction project of the first Turkish NPP. Agayev noted that the nuclear power plant with four power units of WWER-1200 type would be constructed within the intergovernmental agreement between the Republic of Turkey and Russian Federation on the territory of Mersin province (Turkey) (NPP – 2006 project).


Within the press tour the representatives of foreign delegations visited the fish-farm, located near Kalininskaya NPP. Head of the fish-farm Elena Orazayeva showed ponds with the carp, sturgeon, trout, bream, perch, Japanese carp Koi and other sorts of fish to the guests. «For 40 years already I have been engaged into fishing in Tver region. Fish plays a great role in the water basin ecosystem. And as you could make sure, proximity of the nuclear power plant does not disturb and affect the aquatic representatives of fauna» - Orazayeva noted. After excursion the guests tasted the fish, cooked under old Russian recipes.




Press-Service of Akkuyu NPP