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30.10.2013

"AKKUYU" Nuclear Power Plant JSC took a part in the Energy International Forum "EIF-2013" that was hold in Ankara


The Energy International Forum "EIF-2013" finished its activity in Ankara the capital of the Republic of Turkey. The forum gathered in its facilities representatives of many power companies and also officials of the state energy departments from the entire world. This event is one of the most significant international summits concerning power and business that is organized on the Turkish territory. Within the limits of this Forum an exhibition was hold, where the products and services from more than 50 largest Turkish power companies were presented. “AKKUYU” NPP JSC became a guest of honor and participant of this International Forum.

 

At the Forum opening welcome speeches to participants were made by the Turkish Minister of Power - Mr. Taner Yildiz, and also “AKKUYU” NPP JSC Chief Executive Officer – Mr. Alexander Superfin, Head of the Department of Power and Environment in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey – Mr. Mithat Rende and by the other Heads of Power Departments. The Turkish Minister of Power - Mr. Taner Yildiz in his salutatory speech mentioned, that Turkey will increase use of the internal energy sources and it will reduce proportionally the import of power. “We annually consume the energy resources that are equal to 114 million tons of oil. Thus the country’s needs in electric power are only increasing every year. To satisfy a growing demand in electric power, we will use various sources of energy production, including Nuclear Power Stations. I hope, that Energy International Forum "EIF-2013" gives a considerable possibility to discuss different types of problems at the highest level”, - said the Minister.

 

The Turkish Minister of Power told that since this November the Republic of Turkey will carry out functions as a chief state in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and he reminded that the World Energy Forum in 2016 will be hold in Istanbul. The minister also suggested discussing separately issues concerning ecology within the limits of the Forum next year. The Power Department will develop Energy Projects on the territory of the Republic of Turkey consistently. These projects impact on the environment will be minimal, - noted Yildiz in his report. 

 

“AKKUYU” NPP JSC Chief Executive Officer in his welcome speech mentioned that the most important stage in the project implementation in short-term perspective is the positive approval of the Report referring to Environment Impact Assessment (EIA). “We can continue our work to prepare site for the construction activity. After we get the Construction Licenses and also Permissions and Approvals issued by ТАЕC (Turkish Agency Energy Commission) we can start the construction of Nuclear Power Plant directly. When we get the Construction license, we plan to begin to lay the NPP foundation at the end of 2015 beginning of 2016. According to the planned schedule, the first Nuclear Unit at "AKKUYU" NPP will be put in operation in 2020. The rest 3 Nuclear Units will be put in operation in equal interval which is lasted for about 1 year. Thus, by 2023 our project will be finished”. Mr. Superfin in his speech said about the training of Turkish students in the field of Nuclear Power at the territory of the Russian Federation. Also, he noticed that within the limits of the Training Program by the time when the Nuclear Plant is commissioned, the required quantity of Turkish experts to operate the NPP will be prepared.

 

 

During the report “AKKUYU” NPP JSC Chief Executive Officer – Mr. Alexander Superfin informed that during the Project implementation the Turkish contractors will execute up to 90 % of civil construction works and about 50 % of installation works, besides. Up to 20 % of the NPP equipment will be produced by Turkish manufactures. “In total within the limits of the Project implementation the Turkish contribution can take 35-40 % that is equivalent to the sum about 6-7 billion USD, and it is a considerable income to the Turkish economy”, - added Mr. Superfin. Then the CEO mentioned an issue concerning conclusion of the contracts on the electric power acquisition. He noticed that the Design Company conducts the negotiations and co-operates with TETAS (Turkish company on Electric Power Sale). "AKKUYU" NPP has a wish to create a document which throughout next 15 years will regulate the Power supply from the NPP to the Turkish market under the stable prices. According to Mr. Superfin’s words, the work on the contract development is planned to be completed by the end of the current year.

 

The Head of the Design Company informed the Forum participants about the negotiations with potential international and Turkish investors. These negotiations are hold at present. “Our purpose is to invite new members to the Project club of shareholders. According to the Intergovernmental Agreement concluded between Russia and Turkey up to 49 % of the Project shares can be sold to the foreign investors. I would like to notice that by the present moment a number of Turkish investors already expressed their interest to take an advantage to become our shareholders”, - added Mr. Superfin.

 

Head of the Department of Power and Environment in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey – Mr. Mithat Rende declared that Turkey became a country which opinion now is powerful in the Energy issues on international scene. He noticed that the Global Energy Market is under considerable changes at present. “Geopolitical changes in the Near East and in Africa once again pointed out importance of the power supply reliability. It is necessary to develop global agreement on this issue”, - said Mr. Rende.

 

The second day of the Forum was devoted to the subject sessions (working groups). At the first meeting AKKUYU" NPP Project implementation in the Mersin province and Report referring to Environment Impact Assessment for the Project was discussed. This session was organized by "AKKUYU" NPP. The Head of the Operation Department in Moscow Representative Office of “AKKUYU” Nuclear Power Plant – Mr. Valeriy Vdovin, the Main Coordinator on Licensing and Technical issues of the Design Company – Mr. Dmitry Pokidyshev, the Head of Nuclear Power Projects Department of “Inter RAO Warly Parsons” – Mr. Sergey Kazakov and the Head of the Nuclear Power Project Implementation Department of the Turkish Energy Department – Mr. Nedzhati Yamach took part in the meeting.

 

The first speech to the participants of the session was made by the Representative of the Energy Department of the Republic of Turkey. He informed that now in the world there are 435 nuclear reactors that are in operation, thus 69 are at the construction stage. According to Yamach’s words, by 2030 in the world about 164 new reactors will be constructed. Mr. Nedzhati Yamach paid attention to the fact, that the Nuclear Power Plants operate even in those countries where there is no lack in oil and natural gas recourses, in particular, Russia, USA and Southern Africa. “According to the indicator on growth of demand in the electric power Turkey takes the first place among the European countries and the second place in the world after China. Annual growth of demand in the Electric Power is approximately 7-8 %. Dependence of the Republic of Turkey on import of Energy is rather high. We import 98 % of the natural gas consumed by the country, about 92 % of oil and 20 % of coal”, - said Mr. Nedzhati Yamach during his speech. He also noticed that if Nuclear Power Plants were constructed in Akkuyu and Sinop previously, Turkey annually could save on import about 16 billion cub. m. of natural gas and it would produce 80 billion kW-hours of the electric power a year. In this situation the technological potential would be considerably higher and the country could improve medicine and agriculture much better than now.  Head of the Nuclear Power Project Implementation Department of the Turkish Energy Department informed about the history of "AKKUYU" NPP Project and also said some words about the Project Implementation Schedule and works conducted on the site. Localization of materials and equipment supply to the NPP located at the territory of the Republic of Turkey was a separate topic in the speech made by Mr. Yamach. 

 

 

After the Yamach’s report there was a presentation to participants of the session carried out by the Head of the Operation Department in Moscow Representative Office of “AKKUYU” Nuclear Power Plant – Mr. Valeriy Vdovin. During his speech Valery Vdovin gave basic information on "AKKUYU" NPP Project. He explained the Project Implementation Schedule in detail.  The Head of the Department informed the audience about the fact that the Novovoronezhsky NPP -2 was accepted as a reference NPP for "AKKUYU" NPP project. Also, he informed about the current works that are executed at the site now. During his speech Mr. Valeriy Vdovin pointed out the following issues: “Within the limits of works to prepare a Report on Environment Impact Assessment several geological, geophysical, seismic, meteorological and other researches were carried out and also work to analyze risks of the technogenic factors occurrence was done. In total the observation to perform the researches was conducted at 876 points. Within the limits of seismic researches 15 seismological stations were constructed, archeological and seismic researches and calculations of the territory seismic risk and also risk of a tsunami were analyzed. Within the limits of researches on sea water area water sampling to measure water surface temperature and waves parameters was made at various points, according to the results a simulation was performed. During the sea ecological researches the sea flora and fauna were studied and also a separate research was devoted to the sea fish. The analysis of all samples that had been taken during researches was carried out”.  At the end of his speech Mr. Vdovin noticed that a positive approval of the Report on Environment Impact Assessment of the estimated commission is expected in January, 2014.

 

Upon completion of the speeches, time of questions and answers started. One question was concerned the reference NPP - whether the present NPP constructed under the same Project as the future NPP located in the Mersin province is in operation now or not. Mr. Nedzhati Yamach answered: “Construction of the NPP is at the final stage now and in 2014 Novovoronezhsky NPP-2 will be put in operation, therefore it is impossible to say that "AKKUYU" NPP has no reference NPP in operation. Besides, the Nuclear Power Plants placed in India and China also are to a certain extent "AKKUYU" NPP prototypes. The given question was commented by the Representative of the Design Company - Mr. Valery Vdovin “Nuclear Power Plants located in India and China are the third generation NPP. After tragic events on Fukushima NPP the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had to reconsider requirements to Nuclear Power Plants construction and restricted the conditions applied to the safety systems at NPP. The safety level at the modern NPP that are in operation is very high now,  however the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) asked to improve this level, having taken additional measures at the new projects implementation. Thereupon Nuclear Power Stations of new generation “3 +” will be equipped with passive systems of safety. "AKKUYU" NPP will be constructed under the project of such type, that is called generation “3 +”, when the newest nuclear technologies are used. "AKKUYU" NPP will be much more reliable and safe, than the Nuclear Power Plants that are in operation now”.

 

 

More than 60 power companies from all over the world took part in Energy International Forums "EIF-2013". There were more than 2300 visitors. Within the limits of the Forum, the interesting exhibition was hold. It presents products and services provided by 50 largest companies of the Turkish Energy Sector. 



Press Service of Akkuyu NPP JSC