May 12th, The governments of Turkey and Russian Federation signed an agreement to cooperate for constructing and operating a nuclear power plant. The groundbreaking ceremony of Turkey’s first nuclear power plant, Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), will be held in the southern province of. There has been talk of building a nuclear power plant on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast since the s. Now a Russian-backed project to do.

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Akkuyu: Turkey’s first nuclear reactor site

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan today attended via videolink from Ankara a ceremony to mark the pouring of first safety-related concrete for unit 1 of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant. Putin arrived today for a two-day working visit to the Turkish capital. The USD20 billion project to build the four-unit, MWe plant is part of Erdogan’s ‘ Vision’ marking years since the founding of modern Turkey and is intended to reduce the country’s dependence on energy imports.

The first unit is scheduled to start operations that year, with platn other three units following by Erdogan noted that, between andthe Turkish economy had grown on average by 5. As the country strives to become one of the ten richest countries in the world, energy supplies will be “crucial” and the new nuclear power plant “of great importance”, he added.


Also, in 16 countries, 55 nuclear power plants are under construction. And today we can say that the Akkuyu power station, poaer foundation of which we are laying today, is the 56th,” he said.

Together with my dear friend Recep Tayyip Erdogan, we have agreed that we will do everything in order to fulfill this task.

And the successful implementation of this project will be a symbol of the dynamic, progressive development of Russian-Turkish powe and partnership, Russian-Turkish friendship. Rosatom Director General Alexey Likhachov said in a statement the Russian state nuclear corporation issued today: The safe and efficient operation of these units underscores the reliability of our technologies.

Turkey formally launched construction of its first nuclear power plant with the pouring of concrete for the sub-base foundation of the nuclear island late last year. A ceremony held at the Akkuyu nuclear power plant site to mark the launch on 10 December followed the issuance of a limited construction permit. Rosatom said then that it expected to receive a construction licence in March, after which first safety-related concrete for nucpear plant will be laid.

This would be the official start of the Akkuyu plant’s construction, it said. JSC Akkuyu Nuklear, the Russian-owned company responsible for the project, announced yesterday that it had been designated as a strategic investor.

The certificate was issued on the basis of the law ‘On amendments to the law on taxation, certain laws and regulations in the status of law’, which came into force on 27 March after being plany by the Turkish parliament, the Mejlis,” the company said.


In particular, it provides for tax reductions and exemptions including from income tax and value added taxas well as custom duties exemption,” it added.


REIN nucleqr established in to promote Russian nuclear technologies on the global market. Russia is using a build-own-operate model for the project, whereby it provides the financing, operation and management of the plant.

The Kremlin said the two heads of state would also take part today in the seventh meeting of the Russian-Turkish Cooperation Council, which will examine the development of bilateral trade and economic cooperation, the implementation of joint strategic projects, in nucoear in the energy sector, as well as current regional and international affairs. Russia’s energy minister, Alexander Novak, told the Anadolu news agency yesterday that construction of the Akkuyu plant was on schedule.

Russia starts building Turkey’s first nuclear power plant

Novak also commented on another Russia-Turkey energy project – the TurkStream dual pipeline that will aim to transport powe Our Privacy and Cookies Policy. Russia starts building Turkey’s first nuclear power plant 03 April Share. Construction New build Plant licensing Russia Turkey.

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