The foundation for the second unit of Turkey's Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) has been laid, Turkey's Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Donmez announced on Friday.
"When we start the construction of all four units, around 15-16 thousand people will work here," Donmez said.
In preparation for employment at the plant, the Energy and Natural Resources Ministry and the Ministry of National Education agreed to update the curriculum to include nuclear education in vocational high schools, especially in Mersin where the plant is located.
Donmez hailed the plant, the first reactor of which will start operations in 2023, as one of the most powerful and safe in the world.
An intergovernmental agreement was signed between Turkey and Russia in May 2010 for Akkuyu that will consist of four VVER-1200 power units with a total installed capacity of 4,800 megawatts.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin presided over the plant's groundbreaking ceremony held on April 3, 2018, via a videoconference from Ankara.
By Murat Temizer