Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM’s subsidiary AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC, which implements the construction project of the first NPP in Turkey, received from the Turkish Atomic Energy Authority (TAEK) the Limited Construction Permit (LCP) as the first step on the way to obtain Construction License.
LCP allows beginning of construction and installation works at all facilities of the nuclear power plant, except for the buildings and structures important for the nuclear safety.
"Obtaining of the Limited Construction Permit is a significant step forward for the Akkuyu project implementation. We are actually moving from the preparatory stage to the construction activities at the site. Major part of these construction works will be done by local subcontractors. – said Yuriy Galanchuk, Chief Executive Officer of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC. – Our next task is to get the Construction License. We would like to commence construction of the entire set of the NPP buildings and structures at the earliest time possible. Full compliance with all national and international safety standards remains our top priority".
The issue of the LCP resulted from thorough review and evaluation of the supplied documents by TAEK. In the coming months the officers of the TAEK’s Nuclear Safety Department will proceed with its evaluation, inspect the work progress at the NPP site, and then make a report evaluating the Construction License Application. If the evaluation of CLA is positive, then Turkish Atomic Energy Authority will grant the Construction License to the AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC. That will allow constructing all buildings of the NPP and installation of all systems without any restrictions.
The Construction License is expected to be obtained in the first half of 2018. Amount of Russian investments in the project exceeds $20 bln. The Akkuyu NPP will have a total installed capacity of 4.8 GW comprised of four VVER-1200 units (reference plant already constructed in Russia in Novovoronezh).The service life of Akkuyu NPP is 60 years.
Akkuyu is the first Turkish NPP, and is the first global project to be built under the Build-Own-Operate (BOO) model. It is a full-service model under which Rosatom will provide financing, engineering, construction, fuel supply, commissioning, training, operation, waste management and decommissioning services of the NPP. The Turkish side allocates the site, facilitates the necessary documents, provides the grid connection and guarantees the purchase of electricity.