Turkish authorities ask Rosatom to speed up the construction of the Akkuyu NPP in the Mediterranean province of Mersin and introduce the first block to the centenary of the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey, which falls on 2023. In this case, the Russian Nuclear Corporation does not rule out the construction of new units in the country. This was announced today, September 14, by Rosatom CEO Alexei Likhachev on the air of Echo of Moscow radio station.
“President (Recep Tayyip of Turkey) Erdogan is very much asking to speed up the construction and at least the physical launch of the first block to the century of the Republic of Turkey,” he said.
“Four blocks are still (under construction), I think there may be more in Turkey,” the head of the state corporation added.
Recall that the project of Turkey’s first NPP “Akkuyu” includes four units with reactors of Russian design VVER-1200 with a total capacity of 4 800 megawatts. This is a serial project of the nuclear power plant based on the Novovoronezh NPP-2 project (Russia, Voronezh Region), the estimated lifetime of Akkuyu NPP is 60 years. An intergovernmental agreement between Russia and Turkey on cooperation in construction and operation of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant at the Akkuyu site in Mersin province on the southern coast of Turkey was signed on May 12, 2010. The general customer and investor of the project are Akkuyu Nuklear JSC (a company specially established for project management), the general designer of the plant is Atomenergoproekt JSC, the general contractor of construction is Atomstroyexport JSC (both are part of the engineering division of Rosatom).
December 10, 2017, at the site of Akkuyu NPP, held a ceremony to begin construction of the plant. April 3, 2018, was the casting ceremony of the “first concrete”. Casting the first concrete for unit number 2 NPP was expected before the end of last year, but eventually, the beginning of construction of this unit was reported in late June. For the fourth block, “Rosatom” in August sent the documents for the construction license.
In December 2019, JSC “Akkuyu Nuklear” signed an agreement with a local company TEIAS to connect the Akkuyu NPP to the power system of Turkey.
The cost of the NPP construction project is about $ 22 billion.