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02.12.2012

In Istanbul a meeting between the General Director of the Russian state corporation Rosatom, Sergei Kirienko, and the Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Taner Yıldız, was held

 

On the eve of President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Turkey, a meeting between the General Director of the Russian state corporation Rosatom, Sergei Kirienko, and the Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Taner Yıldız, was held. They discussed implementation of the Inter-Governmental Agreement on constructing the first nuclear power plant in Turkey based on Russian technologies which was signed on May 12th, 2010. After the meeting, Sergei Kirienko and Taner Yıldız answered journalists’ questions.

 

The General Director of the Russian state corporation Rosatom, Sergei Kirienko, stated that construction of the AKKUYU nuclear power plant is on schedule and currently documents for receiving a construction license are being prepared, an environmental impact procedure is being conducted and a report regarding this will be submitted to the appropriate ministry no later than next May or June.

 

Sergei Kirienko also stated that negotiations regarding issues related to the AKKUYU power plant are also being held with Turkish companies. He said that ‘a large part of the works in Turkey will be performed by Turkish companies. For implementation of this project it is necessary to have at least 10,000 people involved which will in turn ensure that construction and industrial organizations will have contracts for billions of dollars. Personnel training is still a very important issue. Russia is actively participating in this area. Roughly 100 Turkish students are studying at the Moscow Engineering and Physics Institute. Our goal is not only power plant construction, but we want to render Turkey assistance during every phase of the Inter-Governmental Agreement’.

 

Kirienko expressed gratitude to Taner Yıldız, the Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources by saying that ‘without the active participation of the revered Minister project implementation at the nuclear power plant would not be so successful. I remember how negotiations were conducted at the very beginning. Given our close co-operation we were able to overcome all difficulties which we encountered. As of today we have managed to resolve numerous issues’.

 

Taner Yıldız, the Turkish Minster of Energy and Natural Resources, also emphasized that negotiations with the General Director of the Russian state corporation Rosatom, Sergei Kirienko, which were held on the eve of President Putin’s visit, were very productive. The minister stated that the nuclear power plant construction project has contributed an extraordinary amount to developing strategic co-operation between the two countries. Taner Yıldız emphasized that investments in the AKKUYU nuclear power plant project will allow for capital to flow within Turkey. The Minister of Energy pointed out that during negotiations with the state corporation Rosatom issues of rendering assistance and providing preferences under the concluded Inter-Governmental Agreement were discussed.

 

FYI:

On May 12th, 2012 an Agreement on Co-Operation between the Russian government and the Turkish government was signed. It envisages construction of a power plant as part of the four energy units of the Nuclear Power Plant-2006 project with VVER-1200 reactors with a total capacity of 4800 MW on the south coast of Turkey in the province of Mersin. The AKKUYU nuclear power plant is the first build-own-operate project of its kind. The designing company, AKKUYU nuclear power plant, is obligated to design, construct, service, commission and de-commission the plant. The Russians are the owners of the foreign nuclear power plant. Foreign investors may acquire a stake in the share capital of the company not exceeding 49%. The Turkish side, in its turn, guarantees to buy a certain amount of energy produced at the plant at a fixed price within 15 years of when the energy units are commissioned to ensure the project pays off.

 

 

AKKUYU Nuclear Power Plant Press Relations Service