Akkuyu Unit 4 Construction Start Celebrated

Rosatom officials along with counterparts from Turkey held a dedication ceremony in Buyukeceli this week to kick off the construction start of the Akkuyu Unit 4 in what will be the country’s first nuclear power facility.

Akkuyu Unit 4 construction startParticipating in the ceremony celebrating the event was Fatih Donmez, Turkey’s Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Ziya Altunyaldiz, Chairman of the Energy Commission of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, Ali Hamza Pehlivan, Governor of Mersin Province and Alparslan Bayraktar, Deputy Minister of the department of Energy and Natural Resources.

From Rosatom, Alexey Likhachev, the state-owned company’s director general was in attendance. He called Akkuyu a “flagship Rosatom project outside of Russia … our largest project with construction taking place at four NPP units simultaneously.”

“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.”

 “Akkuyu NPP is the flagship ROSATOM project outside of Russia. 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, the Republic of Turkey has created a foundation for energy sovereignty for decades ahead,” Rosatom Director General Alexey Likhachev said at the ceremony.

The license for the construction at Akkuyu was issued by the Turkish Nuclear Regulatory Agency (NDK) in October 2021. The concreting was preceded by a wide range of preparatory work which included dewatering, excavation of a basement pit, installation of a concrete cushion and waterproofing, reinforcement of the basement and installation of embedded parts. The specialists pour concrete in the base of the future power unit and reinforce it with armature. The basement is divided into 16 zones, the so-called "captures". The height of the concreting will be 2.6 meters, the average volume of each zone will be 1100 cubic meters, 17,000 cubic meters of concrete mix in total will be laid down in the basement of the unit.

The concreting process is carried out under the control of the laboratory specialists of the concrete plant, representatives of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC, the main construction contractor, the joint venture TITAN 2 IJ ICHTASH INSHAAT and independent construction control organizations.

Construction work continues in all areas of the project. Concreting of the foundation plates of the reactor building and turbine building in Unit 1 has been completed, the core catcher, reactor pressure vessel, steam generators, main circulation pump units have been installed, the welding of the main circulation pipeline has been completed. The fifth layer of the inner containment vessel was installed. The 6th layer of the inner containment vessel, which is the lower part of the dome, is mounted and the pole crane is pre-assembled. A core catcher has been installed in Unit 2, the concreting of the foundation plates of the reactor building and the turbine building has been completed, and the third layer of the inner containment vessel has been installed. In Unit 3, while the reinforcement of the foundation floors of the reactor building and turbine building was completed, concrete was poured on the foundation of the turbine building and reactor building, and a core catcher was installed.

Turkish companies are actively involved in the implementation of the Akkuyu NPP construction project. There are hundreds of Turkish companies providing materials, equipment, services and carrying out various works in the project. Today, the volume of orders given to Turkish suppliers already exceeds 3 billion dollars. The project makes a significant contribution to the development of the region's infrastructure and employment growth.

Currently, more than 25,000 people work at the Akkuyu NPP site, of which approximately 80% are citizens of the Republic of Turkey. Workers in the region are actively involved in the project. In the last year, more than 600 people from Gülnar district were employed on the field. According to the Social Security Institution of the Republic of Turkey, Akkuyu NPP is the largest employer in Mersin.

All work on the project is carried out in close cooperation with the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, the Nuclear Regulatory Agency (NDK), the Turkish Agency for Research in Energy, Atomic Energy and Mining (TENMAK), and other relevant departments of the Republic of Turkey, with the approval of the IAEA.

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