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11.03.2014

Akkuyu NPP took part in arranging of the Congress of Future Civil Engineers

 

The capital of Turkey Ankara hosted the Congress of civil engineer students, which jointed together over 320 future specialists in the realm of engineering. The participants represented 36 various Universities of the Republic of Turkey. The management of Akkuyu NPP Project Company along with the representatives of the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources made presentations in the course of the event.

 

The considerable part of the Congress was dedicated to the nuclear energy development. Rauf Kasumov, Deputy CEO of AKKUYU NPP JSC, delivered a report and said, that the first Turkish NPP construction project was among the most important sectors of the country’s economy. He said: “Today Turkish companies are practically rebuilding cities and participating in development of whole countries. The value of the Turkish civil engineering sector amounted to $US 31 bln. in 2013. 374 large projects have been accomplished. According to the forecasts this amount would achieve $US 100 bln. by 2023». Rauf Kasumov focused on importance of the Akkuyu NPP building, which contribution to the economy of the country will be $US 20 bln. by 2023. The Deputy CEO reminded that Turkish companies would perform the sizable share of the project construction and assembly works.

 

 

Necati Yamaç, Director of the Nuclear Projects Department of the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources (MENR) of the Republic of Turkey, made a presentation about the global development of the nuclear energy. He said that up to date 435 nuclear reactors were operating and 72 power units were under construction. Necati Yamaç told, that US is a country with the biggest fleet of nuclear power units all over the world. «There is an opinion that NPPs adversely affect the agriculture and tourism. But it is not consistent with the reality. The United States, which operates 100 nuclear reactors, is the biggest exporter of the agricultural products. More noteworthy is the situation in France, where the nuclear plants are neighboring both residential areas and agricultural lands. A nuclear power plant is at 75km from Paris. London, Paris, Madrid and other European cities attract tourists from the whole world despite the fact that NPPs are located rather close to them. And the nuclear energy does not create any hindrances and does not impact the number of tourists», - Necati Yamaç said. The Director of the Nuclear Projects Department of MENR drew attention to the fact that countries rich in oil, natural gas and coal possessed nuclear power plants. He emphasized that all developed states were operating NPPs. Yamaç said that external energy dependence of Turkey was 72%, and the country had to annually spend $US 60 bln. to purchase energy resources. «Taking into consideration the growing energy demand, a nuclear power plant is a must for Turkey», - added the MENR representative. When the nuclear power plants in Akkuyu and Sinop are to be put into operation, the Turkish natural gas demand will go down, and that will effect a saving $US 7.2 bln.

 

The Director of the Akkuyu NPP Public Information Center in the settlement of Büyükeceli Lütfi Sarıcı in his report noted, that the first NPP in Turkey would be built under the Russian cutting-edge technologies. Sarıcı provided detailed information about safety systems of the plant. He said that in all developed countries there were nuclear power plants, and they served development and diversification of the energy systems of these countries. Addressing the students the PIC Director stated: “Turkey needs qualified specialists in the nuclear energy. You ought to study it as in the nearest future it will be you, who will develop this industry”.

 

Andrey Gurlenov, Deputy CEO Akkyu NPP, while presenting information about the plant construction project, said that up to 100 Turkish students were annually being sent for education to the Russian National Research Nuclear University “MEPhI”. Around 600 nuclear energy specialists are to be trained under the project. Gurlenov also informed that all precautions against earthquakes were being taken when designing the first Turkish NPP. «The plant design provides that it will continue power generation even during the earthquake», - the Deputy CEO added. Andrey Gurlenov also noted that there were no tsunami at the Mediterranean but for the sake of safety the plant would be built at 10.5m high above the sea level.

 

 

During his report the Deputy CEO of the Project Company attracted attention of the event attendees to the fact that 10-12 thousand people would work on-site during the Akkuyu NPP construction and after commissioning about four thousand employees would operate the plant. «Now 1,200 people are living in Büyükeceli. In the settlement where I was born the population numbered 1,000, but after construction of the nuclear power plant (Leningrad NPP) it grew up to 70,000. Büyükeceli anticipates similar of the kind. Construction of a large-scale facility will increase trade turnover, improve regional infrastructure», - Andrey Gurlenov said.

 

The Director of the Nuclear Projects Department of the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources (MENR) stated that Akkuyu and Sinop NPPs would cover up to 33% of the Turkish annual electric power demands, when answering questions of the students. Necati Yamaç said that 60% of the UK population and 70% of the Lituania population would like to continue development of the nuclear power plants. «Nuclear power plants are a must for economic development of the Republic of Turkey», - Necati Yamaç concluded his speech.

 

 

 

Akkuyu NPP JSC Press Service