Nuclear industry news


29.09.2015

“Our goal is to make Turkey a country with nuclear power by 2023

The Chief Executive Officer of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC Fuad Akhundov said that the “Akkuyu” NPP project was designed for 100 years to come. "We believe in the Turkish economy and reforms being introduced in the country. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that by 2023 - the centennial of the founding of the Republic of Turkey - Turkey has become a country having nuclear power", Fuad Akhundov said.



Fuad Akhundov emphasized that the NPP "Akkuyu" project is designed to stay active for 100 years, therefore the project would not be affected by short-term economic fluctuations. "What is of paramount importance for us is the overall direction of Turkey’s development”, the CEO of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC added. “Of course, the economy is vulnerable to fluctuations and the effects of various risks, but we believe in the Turkish economy, in the capacity of the country and so we feel quite comfortable. I hope that eventually our company will play a special role in meeting the demand for electricity in Turkey. Our ultimate goal is to make Turkey a country possessing nuclear power by 2023 - the centennial of the founding of the Republic of Turkey."



The CEO of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC Fuad Akhundov and Deputy CEO of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC Oleg Titov told reporters about the current stage of implementation of the project aimed at construction of the first nuclear power plant in the Republic of Turkey, "Akkuyu" NPP. When speaking to the reporters at a press breakfast held in the AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC’s office in Ankara, Fuad Akhundov noted that "Akkuyu" NPP was a Turkish project and AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC was a Turkish company. Akhundov drew the attention of the members of the press to the fact that the intergovernmental agreement on the construction and operation of the Nuclear Power Plant, signed between the Republic of Turkey and the Russian Federation, was extremely beneficial for the Turkish side. "The Russian side invests but gets no guarantees of insurance against risks of investments non-repayment. We have a chance to cover the placed investments within 15 years, but this is just a likely scenario. At the same time, the Treasury of the Republic of Turkey does not give us any guarantees. However, this project is very important for Turkey in terms of meeting the growing demand for electricity in our country", Fuad Akhundov said.


 
"We invest in the project, because we believe in the future of the Turkish economy"



The Chief Executive Officer of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC stressed that the company he heads believes in the Turkish economy and the reforms being introduced in the country. "We have come to Turkey because we are confident in the correctness of the ongoing vector of development of Turkey”, said Akhundov. “That is why we continue to invest in our project". According to Fuad Akhundov, at this stage they carry out an intensive work to obtain a license for the construction of the Nuclear Power Plant from the Turkish Atomic Energy Authority (TAEK). "Of course, there are also rules and regulations set by the International Atomic Energy Agency and they must be complied with as well. The procedure for obtaining a license for the construction of the Nuclear Power Plant can take about 1.5-2 years. Currently, we have already applied for a license. We expect that in the near future the Report on the site parameters will be agreed upon and then we will nearly reach the moment of obtaining the license. Though we have received no license yet, we continue to invest in the project and this is a certain risk for us. Nevertheless, we continue to work since we trust in Turkey and believe in our project. In the absence of a license we conclude contracts and pay money related, negotiate for the supply of long-lead equipment (LLE)", Fuad Akhundov said.
 


"Akkuyu" NPP is designed for 100 years"



Fuad Akhundov stressed that the total duration of the construction, operation and decommissioning of "Akkuyu" Nuclear Power Plant would be about 100 years and therefore short-term economic fluctuations would not affect the project. The CEO of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC added: "Of course, the economy is vulnerable to fluctuations and the effects of various risks, but we believe in the Turkish economy, in the capacity of the country and so we feel quite comfortable. I hope that eventually our company will play a special role in meeting the demand for electricity in Turkey. Our ultimate goal is to make Turkey a country possessing nuclear power by 2023".


 
"Akkuyu" NPP will be the most reliable nuclear power plant in the world"



The Deputy CEO of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC for Operations Support Oleg Titov answered journalists' questions. According to Titov, after the accident at the "Fukushima" NPP the biggest challenge is safe operation of the Nuclear Power Plant. Titov emphasized that "Akkuyu" NPP would be built based on the modern Russian project "NPP-2006", generation "3+", which meets all post-Fukushima safety requirements. This suggests that "Akkuyu" Nuclear Power Plant will become the most reliable nuclear power plant in the world. Speaking about the safety measures stipulated in the "Akkuyu" NPP project, Oleg Titov noted that the project provided for the reactor shutdown and maintenance in a safe mode for an extended time period should any of the effects emerge, one or in combination – an earthquake, flood, tsunami, tornado, hurricane, dust storm, air shock waves and even falling of an object weighing up to 400 tons.


"Rosatom is one of the world leaders in nuclear energy"



The Deputy Chief Executive Officer of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC stressed that the project was implemented using Russia’s experience in the field of energy efficiency and safety control. "The fact that the construction of Turkey's first nuclear power plant is charged with Russian specialists and will be implemented with the use of Russian technologies clearly indicates to the degree of belief in Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation "Rosatom". As of today, "Rosatom" is one of the world leaders in the nuclear sector. Over the past 3 years the company has doubled its portfolio of foreign orders by more than $ 100 billion. "Rosatom" Atomic Energy Corporation includes more than 350 enterprises and scientific organizations, including companies of the Russian nuclear industry, research institutions and the world's only nuclear icebreaking fleet. The enterprises affiliated with "Rosatom" employ over 250 thousand people," Oleg Titov said.



One more group of Turkish students will leave for Russia in October



Oleg Titov also spoke about the Turkish students who receive education in Russia and will be able to work at "Akkuyu" NPP in the future. "The educational program is implemented in accordance with the Intergovernmental Agreement, which was signed between the Republic of Turkey and the Russian Federation on 12 May 2010. The future Turkish nuclear scientists are trained in the best university in the field of nuclear power - the Russian National Research Nuclear University "MEPhI" in Moscow and the Institute of Atomic Energy of MEPhI (a branch of the university) in Obninsk. From 2015 onwards, nuclear students will be trained in the St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University (SPbSPU) as well. At the present time, MEPhI educates 240 students from Turkey, the total number of those to be trained is up to 600. In 2015, as many as 6,155 applications for 80 seats have been submitted in Turkey by those willing to take the entrance examinations for admission to the Russian university. This October a new group of Turkish students is planned to travel to Russia", Oleg Titov said.