A ceremony in Buyukeceli, Turkey on March 10 commemorated the construction start of Unit 3 construction at the site of the first Turkish nuclear power plant Akkuyu.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended via videoconference, while Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Dönmez, ROSATOM Director General Alexey Likhachev, and Akkuyu Nuclear JSC CEO Anastasia Zoteeva attended the event in person.
The leaders of the two countries gave permission to start construction work by pouring the first concrete into the foundation of Unit 3. At the ceremony, Alexey Likhachev’s remarks noted that construction work was progressing rapidly at the ambitious project. “Just three years after the Akkuyu NPP construction began, we are starting full-scale construction work on the third power unit,” he said. Likhachey said construction on the project “is proceeding at an unprecedented speed.”
“Only through the support of the country’s leadership, Turkish industrial companies, and the public, we will be able to build the nuclear power plant quickly and efficiently,” he added.
The plant is expected to generate 10 percent of Turkey’s electricity needs while also serving as an environmentally proactive course of action in the age of global warming.
The construction license for Unit 3 was issued by the Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NDK) on November 13, 2020. Concrete is being poured onto the reinforced base of the power unit. The foundation is divided into 16 work zones, so-called sections. Concrete pouring at each section will be carried out round the clock, and a technical shelter will protect the site from precipitation. Concrete will be poured to a height of 2.6 meters; the average volume of each section will be 1,100 cubic meters. The total amount of concrete mixture poured into the foundation slab as part of the concrete pouring works will be 17,000 cubic meters.
The whole set of preparatory works preceded the foundation slab concrete pouring: arrangement of water drawdown, excavation of the pit, arrangement of the concrete pad and waterproofing, foundation reinforcement and installation of embedded parts. Specialists are present on site to control the concrete pouring process, including experts from the concrete batching plant laboratory, representatives of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC, main construction contractor TİTAN 2 IC IÇTAŞ İNŞAAT ANONIM ŞİRKETİ Joint Venture, as well as employees of the independent construction supervision organization Assystem EOS, a French engineering company.
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