12 Dec 2023 12:25

Rosatom receives permission to commission first power unit of Akkuyu NPP

MOSCOW. Dec 12 (Interfax) - The Council of the Nuclear Regulatory Agency of Turkey has issued Akkuyu Nuclear JSC (part of the Rosatom State Corporation) permission to commission the first power unit of the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant, Rosatom said.

The next stage of licensing for the Akkuyu NPP will be obtaining a license to operate the first power unit, which will allow for the loading of nuclear fuel into the reactor and the launch of pre-start control operations, Rosatom's report says.

Rosatom is building Turkey's first nuclear power plant, Akkuyu, in Mersin province. The station will consist of four power units, each with a capacity of 1200 MW. The cost of the NPP construction project is about $22 billion. The actual launch of the nuclear power plant is scheduled for 2024.

Earlier it was reported that Turkey is considering projects for the construction of two additional nuclear power plants in the provinces of Sinop and Trakia. Studies are complete at the site of the second nuclear power plant, and negotiations are underway with both South Korea and Russia to build it. The construction of a third nuclear power plant is being discussed with China.

In addition, on the sidelines of REW-2023, Rosatom General Director Alexey Likhachev said that the company is ready to offer its small nuclear power plants to Turkey.