8 December 2011
MERSIN (A.A) - First concrete is planned for 2013 in Turkey's first nuclear power plant to be constructed in the south of the country.
Rauf Kasumov, the deputy director of Akkuyu NGS Corporation, said on Thursday that the first concrete was planned for 2013.
"The first reactor will become operational in 2019," Kasumov told a press conference in the southern province of Mersin.
In May 2010, the governments of Turkey and Russian Federation signed an agreement to cooperate for constructing and operating a nuclear power plant.
"Advanced technology will be used in the power plant, which will prevent radiation leak," Kasumov said.
Kasumov said the project would totally be completed in 2022.
Fuel to be used in the nuclear power plant would be brought from Russia, and the waste would be sent back to Russia, Kasumov said.
Kasumov also said nuclear waste could be used for many times and therefore it was valuable, and if Turkey wanted to purchase the waste, nuclear waste could stay in Turkey.
The agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Turkey on cooperation in relation to the construction and operation of a nuclear power plant in Akkuyu site envisaged establishing four units of 1,200 MWe Russian design VVER reactors.
In December 2010, Russia established a company, "Akkuyu NGS Elektrik Uretim Corp." (APC: Akkuyu Project Company) to built, operate and decommission the NPP units.
APC applied to the Turkish Atomic Energy Authority (TAEK) in February 2011 for being recognized as an owner, according to the Article 6 of the Decree on Licensing of Nuclear Installations, and Turkish Atomic Energy Agency (TAEK) recognized it as the owner.
In March 2011, APC started site investigations in Akkuyu for updating the site characteristics and parameters according to the national procedures laid out in the Decree on Licensing of Nuclear Installations.