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Construction Permit Issued For Akkuyu 4
Turkish nuclear power regulators, the Nuclear Regulatory Authority Board, said it had agreed to issue a construction license for Unit 4 of the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant. The license was awarded to Akkuyu Nuclear JSC and signifies the official start of construction and installation work for the reactor.
The licensing documentation was submitted to the Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NDK) in May of 2020. As part of the application, Akkuyu Nuclear JSC submitted a copy of the Preliminary Safety Analysis Report (PSAR) and a copy of the Probabilistic Safety Analysis (PSA) for Akkuyu NPP, as well as a number of other documents confirming the safety and reliability of the power unit to be constructed.
The construction license for Unit 4 of the Akkuyu NPP was issued following an evaluation of the licensing documentation by the Nuclear Regulatory Authority’s Board. The license allows to start building the unit’s reactor and turbine island.
Prior to issuing of the construction license, preparatory works, including engineering surveys and pit excavations were carried out at the construction site of Unit 4 on the basis of a limited construction permit issued in June this year. "By the end of this year, the construction of the concrete base of the foundation slabs of the reactor and turbine buildings is expected to start. The foundation slabs will then be reinforced," said Russian nuclear corporation Rosatom, which is the lead engineering and construction manager for the project.
The licensing process for Turkey’s first nuclear power plant has involved approximately 120 different licenses and permits from various Turkish government agencies. To date, all key licenses and permits, including a positive environmental impact assessment report, an electricity generation license, power unit construction licenses, and operating permit of the Eastern Cargo Terminal have already been issued. In the future, the Nuclear Regulatory Authority will have to evaluate applications for licenses for commissioning and operation, fuel loading, and the accreditation of personnel for each of the four NPP power units under construction.
Today, the construction site of Akkuyu nuclear power plant is the largest nuclear construction site in the world. The NPP construction site gathers 12,000 workers every day, as well as over 1,000 units of construction equipment and vehicles and 70 construction cranes.
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