Akkuyu NPP Project was among the topics discussed at EIF-2017 International Energy Congress


EIF-2017 International Energy Congress & Expo took place at the Ankara Chamber of Commerce Congress Centre (ATO Congresium). The event was arranged by the Global Power Association with support of the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources (MENR) of the Republic of Turkey.

The forum gathered representatives of virtually all major Turkish power industry companies, including JSC AKKUYU NUCLEAR which is implementing the project of Turkey's first NPP construction. This is a Russian design NPP.

Mr. Anton Dedusenko, Commercial Director of JSC Rusatom Energy International which is the developper of Akkuyu NPP project in Turkey, spoke on behalf of the Russian party on the first day of the Congress. He told about various international projects implemented by Rosatom State Corporation. 'We are currently constructing or preparing to construct 8 nuclear reactors in Russia and 34 reactors elsewhere in the world. This demonstrates a superb competence level achieved by Russian companies and a great confidence which our international partners have in us', emphasised Mr. Dedusenko. Speaking of NPP advantages, Mr. Dedusenko pointed out that nuclear power is a predictable and environmentally clean energy source. 'Nuclear power plants are a significant part of carbon emission reduction. Just imagine: combined installed capacity of all NPPs in the world is approximately 400 GW. Were all this power generated by plants that burn hydrocarbon fuel, would we be able to keep the carbon emissions where they are today? Definitely not. We ought to keep that in mind', concluded Mr. Dedusenko. Akkuyu NPP construction is a large-scale infrastructure project that will involve not only Russian companies but also many Turkish businesses and corporations. Anton Dedusenko encouraged Turkish businesses to join the project more actively and to begin offering their products and services for the project's implementation already now.

On the second day of the Congress, a topical discussion "Nuclear Power Industry in Turkey and throughout the World" was held. The participants shared their views on the current state of the global nuclear power industry and on Akkuyu NPP project. The discussion was moderated by Mr. Ibrahim Halil Dere, Chief of Nuclear Power Projects at the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources. Mr. Ibrahim Halil Dere pointed out that 11% of all power consumed in the world is generated by nuclear power plants and continued, 'Some say that nuclear power is an out-of-date and unwanted energy source. This is far from true. Developed countries are continuing to use nuclear power. Countries that have lately sped up their development are considering nuclear power too. Thus, this energy source is bound to remain an integral part of global development.'

Ms. Esra Songur, an executive at JSC AKKUYU NUCLEAR, spoke and said that Rosatom is the Russian state atomic energy corporation which includes 300 companies and employs 250,000 persons worldwide. To date, Rosatom State Corporation has built 77 nuclear reactors in Russia and in other countries. Referring to the fact that NPP Akkuyu project is the world's first nuclear power plant project to be implemented under BOO (build-own-operate) model, Ms. Esra Songur remarked, 'Our power plant shall have four power units whose combined capacity is 4,800 MW. Last month, we were granted a Limited Construction Permit. We are expecting to receive TAEK's Construction Licence by March 2018. Following that, we will be able to commence the nuclear facilities construction. At present, we are carrying out various activities related to the construction of Akkuyu NPP offshore hydraulic structures which do not affect nuclear safety and are actively preparing the NPP construction site.' Ms. Songur also reminded that 256 Turkish students are currently receiving nuclear education in Russia. 'These students are privileged to be studying in the best universities that offer nuclear education. First-wave students among them are going to complete their programmes and graduate already in the coming year. All students who complete their programmes successfully will be employed by our company and will work in various capacities', concluded Ms. Songur.

Mr. Tugrul Cinkara, official at the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources (MENR) of the Republic of Turkey, informed the meeting about MENR activities related to nuclear power industry. Referring to Turkey's 2023 development programme which includes becoming one of the top-10 world's economies, Mr. Cinkara said, 'According to our estimates, the power demand shall reach 400 TWh by 2023. We are planning to meet 100% of that demand by using local and renewable energy sources and nuclear power.' Speaking about significant dependence of the Turkish power sector upon external factors, Mr. Cinkara pointed out, 'One of priorities of our policy is to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels by replacing them with nuclear power.'

Besides companies directly involved in the power industry, approximately 250 various contractor companies took part in the Congress. The Congress hosted a number of simultaneous panel discussions which focused on the localisation strategy that had been announced by MENR. This strategy includes achieving, within 10 years, the production of 2/3 of the power demanded by the Turkish market by using local resources. Among other topics addressed by panel discussions were Turkish national energy policy, development of the mining industry and various international oil & gas projects.


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Akkuyu NPP construction project, which is the first Turkey's NPP project, is being implemented in accordance with Intergovernmental Agreement between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey executed at Ankara on 12 May 2010. The project includes 4 power units 1,200 MW capacity each. AKKUYU NPP is a Generation 3+ series nuclear power plant design based on VVER-1200 used in Novovoronezh NPP-2 (Voronezh Region, Russia). It is expected that, once completed, AKKUYU NPP will generate approximately 35 billion kWh per year.