Turkish companies are estimated to construct 90 percent of the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) and 50 percent of the assembly works, according to Konstantin Ryzhak, the CEO for operational management of the Akkuyu Nuclear Company on Tuesday.
Speaking at the opening session of the fifth International Nuclear Power Plants Summit (INPPS), Ryzhak elaborated on the construction process for Turkey's first nuclear power plant.
According to Ryzhak, the company expects that Turkish companies, with a wealth of construction experience, will be actively involved in the project.
During the summit, two memorandums of understanding (MoU) were signed for cooperation in the field of nuclear energy. The first MoU was signed between Turkish company KSG Makina and Belgium-based Ateliers de la Meuse (ALM), while the second was agreed between Korea Nuclear Association for International Cooperation (KNA) and Turkish Nuclear Engineers Association.
The INPPS aims to bring together global nuclear power players including, South Korea, Japan, Germany, France, Russia, Finland and Turkish industrialists that want to enter the nuclear industry, and operate safely in the field.
According to the organization's committee, over 1,000 participants and 70 speakers from 15 different countries registered to attend the summit, which will conclude on Wednesday.
- The Akkuyu NPP project
Rosatom plans to construct Turkey's first nuclear power plant, Akkuyu, in the country's southern province of Mersin on the Mediterranean coast.
The plant will have a capacity of 4,800 megawatts in four units and a working life of 8,000 hours per year.
In the first phase of construction, two units with a capacity of 2,400 megawatts are planned.
Construction of the plant was expected to start this year. The plant has an operational date set for the first reactor by 2023 while the plant is expected to be up and running at full capacity by 2025.
By Firdevs Yuksel