Construction of Turkey’s first nuclear power plant to start in late 2017

Construction of the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant in Turkey will start at the end of 2017, Nuclear New Build Summit Egypt 2018 will be hold in 30 – 31 January 2018 and we will also involve Turkey’s nuclear power plant new build programs. TRT Haber reported citing Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Berat Albayrak.

Presidents of Turkey and Russia are expected to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for the nuclear power plant, according to the minister.

He noted that the Akkuyu plant’s construction is scheduled for completion in 2023.

The Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant is the first nuclear power plant project in the world being implemented upon the build-own-operate (BOO) model.

Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation of Russia signed an agreement on the main conditions for the Turkish energy companies Cengiz Holding, Kolin Insaat, and Kalyon Insaat to join the shareholders of the Akkuyu Nuclear JSC, which is implementing the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant project.

The agreement was signed at the 9th international forum ATOMEXPO 2017 in Moscow in June.

Turkish consortium claims 49 percent in Akkuyu Nuclear JSC. The value of the possible transaction has not been disclosed, but it will be the biggest investment of foreign companies into a Russian project implemented outside the country and the world’s biggest private investment in nuclear energy sector over the past 17 years.

Local firms aspire to partake in Turkey’s nuclear projects

Expediting the efforts in capitalizing on nuclear energy with one power plant already under construction and two others being planned, Turkey is preparing to expand its know-how in the nuclear sector while offering extensive support packages for domestic firms that strive to take part in nuclear projects. Nuclear New Build Summit Egypt 2018 will involve Turkey’s NPP new build program and we invited Zafer Alper who is the president of Turkish Atomic Energy Authority to be a speaker, you can get tickets now or contact us for more!

The Energy and Natural Resources Ministry has approved a TL 36 million ($9.72 million) education and training project as part of its nuclear support program. Under the project, nuclear technology education and training will be provided to Turkish companies. The government hopes this will open the gates for local companies to become part of its current and future nuclear projects worth almost $60 billion.

To that end, it has signed a training agreement with Russia’s state-controlled nuclear corporation, Rosatom, which is currently building Turkey’s first nuclear power plant in Akkuyu. It has also established a nuclear training center at the Sincan Organized Industrial Zone (OIZ).

Local manufacturers, working together with Rosatom to produce different parts for the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), will receive training at the center. The program will cover key areas like personnel training, quality, control certificates and radiation protection.

Ankara has prioritized nuclear power investments for state subsidies and foresees investments worth $60 billion in its three future nuclear power plants in Mersin, Sinop, and Tekirdağ. It will also speed up the expropriation process for the Akkuyu NPP’s transmission infrastructure.

Local firms are set to have an active role in both material production and supervision of Turkey’s nuclear power plants. Companies participating in training programs in France, Russia, and Japan will also receive an authorization certificate from the Turkish Atomic Energy Authority in order to become a nuclear construction supervision institution.

60 domestic firms eye nuclear projects

As part of the training project, so far 60 local companies have expressed their interest work on nuclear power plants. The authorities are hoping that the project will also give the Turkey’s organized industrial zones, particularly the Middle East Industry and Trade Center (OSTİM) in Ankara, the capability to manufacture all the necessary components of a nuclear power plant.

In that context, Turkey has signed a nuclear cooperation agreement with Russia, Czech Republic, and France. The program would also eliminate any shortcomings in the quality management system, under the ISO 9000 standards.

Energy Ministry leads the way

The Energy and Natural Resources Ministry, in cooperation with the Istanbul, Kocaeli, Ankara and Adana Chambers of Industries, is spearheading the project to train personnel and boost the local supply of materials.

It is setting up a nuclear simulation center at the training complex in Sincan. It has also recommended that nuclear energy education is included in Turkey’s high school curriculum.

Ankara Chamber of Industry (ASO) Chairman Nurettin Özdebir said that Energy and Natural Resources Minister Berat Albayrak has been handling the nuclear issue very professionally and added that his ministry has assumed an important role in driving these projects.

Construction Commences at Turkey’s First Nuclear Power Plant

Turkey is inching closer to being a part of the nuclear energy club. Reports have it that general construction has commended in the country’s Akkuyu nuclear power plant and the reactor construction will begin mostly by 2018. This confirms that Turkey indeed is on the track to become the new country to include nuclear power in its energy mix after Belarus and UAE recently entered the club. Also, Nuclear New Build Summit Egypt 2018 will involve Turkey’s NPP new build program, it’s a great chance to know more details, register now or contact us.

The most recent countries to construct their first nuclear energy projects are Iran, which established its first nuclear plant in 2011, and Romania in 1996. However recently, an increasing number of companies are increasingly committing to nuclear programs. As far as Turkey is concerned, the country has been planning nuclear energy for several decades but no previous attempts bore fruits. But now, the country has its nuclear energy ambitions mature and the project is testimony to it. The World Nuclear Association suggests that this move will held drive the country’s economic growth and reduce the country’s reliance on gas, most of which is imported.

Recent reports from the World Nuclear Association and the International Atomic Energy Agency suggest that the nuclear energy sector has generally positive outlook for the next few years. The sector is expanding at a positive pace despite the several challenges it faces in certain deregulated regional markets where the energy security and climate-related advantages of nuclear power are being valued properly.

Reports state that over 9 GWe of nuclear energy capacity has been added in 2016, the largest annual capacity addition in the past 25 years and there has been a rise in the world’s nuclear power generation capacity for the fourth successive year. While the level of new projects remains high, it is suggested that the pace of new construction beginnings needs to accelerate to be able to effectively balance environment protection goals with the pace of human development.

Rosatom launches construction work at Akkuyu NPP site in Turkey

Russian nuclear corporation, one of our series sponsor Rosatom has launched construction works at the site where of the first nuclear power plant Akkuyu will be built, Rosatom’s head Alexei Likhachev told reporters at the 61st regular session of the IAEA general conference.

“General construction works on the site are already underway, including hydraulic facilities,” he said.

Likhachev reminded that Rosatom hopes to get a license to build a nuclear power plant in Turkey before the end of this year.

“Provided that we are working directly with the regulator in Turkey, we hope to get the license this year, but the construction works are already underway, so we are optimistic about the future,” Likhachev said.

In 2010, Russia and Turkey signed an intergovernmental agreement to cooperate on construction and operation of Turkey’s first Akkuyu nuclear power plant. The project is estimated at $20 billion and implies the construction of four power units with VVER-1200 reactors with a total capacity of 4,800 MW. Rosatom expects to launch the first unit of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant start in 2023.

Nuclear New Build Summit Egypt 2018 will also invovle Turkey and other countries, and we also invited speakers from Rosatom, contact us if want know more!