Putin and Erdogan to start the main stage of Akkuyu NPP construction

Putin and Erdogan to start the main stage of Akkuyu NPP construction

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will launch the main stage of the Akkuyu NPP construction. This is reported by the TV channel “Russia”.

The event will be held next week in the mode of teleconference bridge. The large-scale Russian-Turkish projects are being implemented at a fast pace thanks to the political will of the two countries, despite the criticism, the Russian leader noted earlier.

On November 20, 2020, Kirill Komarov, first deputy general director of Rosatom and director of the Block for Development and International Business, said that the first concrete in Akkuyu NPP Unit 3 in Turkey will be poured as early as spring.

“We were recently issued a permit for the construction of Unit 3. Before that, we were also working on Unit 3, we had a so-called limited permit for works that were related to all non-nuclear works,” he noted. All documents for the license for Unit 4 were submitted, according to Kirill Komarov, in May 2020. “This is the last license we need to get. I think that by the fall of 2021, this license will be obtained,” he added. He said the corporation has racked up “a very decent portfolio of overseas orders, which is between $135 billion and $140 billion in various years.”

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Russia and Turkey agreed to build and operate a nuclear power plant at the Akkuyu site in the Turkish province of Mersin in 2010. The project envisages the construction of four power units with Russian reactors of 1200 megawatts each. The nuclear power plant is being built under the concession scheme when the Russian side acts as the builder and the owner of the foreign facility at the same time. The plant is planned to be commissioned by 2023.