Turkish Minister of Energy visited the Akkuyu NPP construction site


Ali Ryza Alaboyun, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of the Republic of Turkey, paid a visit to the site of the first Turkish nuclear power plant – Akkuyu NPP. Fuad Akhundov, Chief Executive Officer of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC, accompanies the Head of the Turkish Ministry of Energy. Nedjati Yamach, Deputy Minister, Ibragim Khalil Dere, Head of the Department for Nuclear Energy Project Implementation of the Ministry of Energy of Turkey, Zafer Alper, President of the Turkish Atomic Energy Authority (TAEK) also came to the site. The representatives of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC gave a detailed account about the status of implementation of the Russian-Turkish cooperation project.




While evaluating the Akkuyu NPP project, the Minister of Energy underlined, that this was the first experience of the Republic in the nuclear industry. «We pay special attention to this project. Turkey has limited energy resources, so we are greatly dependent on the hydrocarbons import. The NPPs operate 24 hours, generate clean energy, and they play an important role in ensuring energy safety», the Head of the Ministry of Energy said. According to Ali Ryza Alaboyun, countries which have no nuclear power stations have no future in the energy. The Minister told that Akkuyu NPP would serve as an example for Turkey: «This project will allow changing the attitude of the Turkish public to nuclear energy. That’s why it is so important for us». Alaboyun said that Akkuyu NPP would be one of the safest nuclear power plants in the world, and added, that the Turkish side trusted in Russian technologies and experience in the field of nuclear engineering.


By responding to the question about some publications about the project, Ali Ryza Alaboyun told: «From time to time some mass media publish speculations about the Akkuyu NPP project. Any statements not supported by the experts of the Turkish Ministry of Energy should not be taken into account. The Russian Federation is one of the best partners of the Republic of Turkey. For instance, let us take natural gas, Russia is a reliable supplier. We would like that Russian and Turkish companies cooperate in the energy like in other industries».


Fuad Akhundov, Chief Executive Officer of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC, said: «Despite the fact that the technologies and investments into the project are Russian ones, our company is a Turkish company. We are very proud to be a part of such a far-reaching project for Turkey. Our goal is to complete implementation of the NPP construction project by the centenary anniversary of the Republic of Turkey’s foundation in 2023. And we shall make all out best by striving for completing it before the stated deadline».


Dmitriy Tveritinov, Director of the NPP under construction, made a presentation for the delegation. He told about the current status of the project implementation, forthcoming preparatory arrangements for the construction stage and provided information about NPP construction technologies, principles of its operation and dwelt on the NPP safety issue. Tveritinov highlighted that Akkuyu NPP design provides safety of the plant not only during the normal operation but also in case of abnormal phenomena, which can be caused by external factors, from earthquake to flooding and airplane crash of 400t weight.


Alexey Antropov, Depuby CEO of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC for Security and Compliance, made a presentation concerning the physical protection of the first Turkish nuclear power plant. He informed that this sphere is governed by the international norms and standards. «The Russian Federation is one of the leading countries in providing security of the nuclear power plants. And its wide experience will be applied during implementation of the Akkuyu NPP project», Antropov said.


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The Akkuyu NPP construction project provides 4 power units of the total capacity 4800MW. The capacity of each power unit will be 1200MW. The role of the reference plant for the Akkuyu NPP project plays Novovoronezh NPP-2, which is now under construction on the basis of the AES-2006 project. The operation life of Akkuyu NPP is 60 years.