Russian nuclear giant Rosatom began the construction of the fourth unit of the first nuclear power plant in Turkey.
“The Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant is the flagship Rosatom project outside of Russia,” said Rosatom Director General Alexey Likhachev, at the inauguration ceremony. “This is our largest project with construction taking place at four NPP units simultaneously. We see the colossal work accomplished at the construction of this nuclear power plant. I am confident this project has become an example worth following in the fruitful cooperation between the companies of our countries, involvement of the Turkish industry, and the establishment of an efficient supply chain. Choosing modern and reliable Russian nuclear technologies, Turkey has created a foundation for energy sovereignty for decades ahead.”
“The Akkuyu NPP is the largest one-time investment in the history of our Republic,” added Fatih Dönmez, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey. “When completed, the four reactors will meet 10 per cent of our electricity demand. Akkuyu will play an important role not just through electricity generation, but also with its contribution to our green energy goal. Akkuyu will prevent 35 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year and a total of 2.1 billion tons of carbon emissions during its 60 years of operation.”
The licence for the construction of the fourth power unit of the Akkuyu NPP was issued by the Turkish Nuclear Regulatory Agency (NDK) in October 2021 and the concreting was preceded by a wide range of preparatory work.