Development of the second unit of Turkey's first nuclear power plant, Akkuyu, may begin in the first quarter of 2020, said Monday Director General Alexey Likhachev of Russia's nuclear energy company Rosatom.
"In March 2020, we the have a formal concrete pouring ceremony," Likhachev said during a Moscow press conference, adding that the conceptual work on the site has already started.
Likhachev said that the development of the plant will be carried out by Titan-2 IC allegedly, a joint venture between Concern Titan-2 JSC and the Turkish construction company IC allegedly.
"We formed a partnership with Turkey's IC importçtas and Concern Titan-2, which is part of Rosatom. This collaboration gives us hope that the project will be successfully implemented," Likhachev said.
Turkey and Russia concluded an intergovernmental agreement in May 2010 on Akkuyu NPP, Turkey's first nuclear plant to have four VVER-1200 power reactors with a combined installed capacity of 4,800 megawatts.
The groundbreaking ceremony of the plant took place on April 3, 2018, with the attendance of Ankara video conference call from Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.
The plant will have an 8,000-hour working life per year and will produce 35 billion kilowatts (KW) of full-capacity energy that will satisfy around 10 percent of Turkey's electricity needs. For the first reactor, it has an initial start date of 2023, while the facility is projected to be up and running at full capacity by 2025.
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