May 01, 2021, Mersin province, Turkey. During the lockdown announced on the territory of Turkey, the construction of the country's first nuclear power plant "Akkuyu" is being carried out as usual.


According to clause 7 of the Appendix ("List of places and persons exempted from the need to comply with curfews") to the Circular of the Ministry of Internal Affairs on the beginning of a lockdown in the territory of the Republic of Turkey from April 29 to May 17, 2021, production and construction sites are exempted from the need to comply with a curfew. Accordingly works on construction sites and industrial production haven’t been stopped during the lockdown. Akkuyu NPP is a strategically significant interstate project that already provides employment for about 11 thousand people. With the commissioning of all four power units, Akkuyu NPP will generate up to 35 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity annually, ensuring energy stability and prosperity of the region and the whole of Turkey.


Work at the Akkuyu NPP has not stopped since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The operation center formed at the construction site takes timely measures to counter the pandemic, which ensured the successful implementation of the project, taking into account the NPP construction schedule. The project participants are working hard to complete the construction of the first unit of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant by 2023 - the centenary of the Republic of Turkey. At the same time, compliance with safety standards remains a determining priority.


All the necessary anti-epidemic measures have being taken at the Akkuyu NPP construction site since the beginning of the pandemic: a regime of enhanced medical supervision is introduced, personnel are regularly tested for COVID-19, all employees are given personal protective equipment, temperature of all employees is measured daily, common areas and production facilities are equipped with antiseptic dispensers, regular disinfection of hostels and office premises is carried out, there are restrictions on holding meetings and public events.


AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC expresses its deep gratitude for the relentless and selfless labour of all the employees involved in the construction of the first nuclear power plant in Turkey and congratulates them on May 1 - Labor and Solidarity Day!