How much is the construction cost of Akkuyu nuclear power plant?


Lerato Khumalo

Rosatom General Manager Alexey Likaçev, in his statement at the Science and Education Council on Thursday, said that the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant (NGP), which is under construction in Mersin, will cost 24-25 billion dollars at current prices.

The initial cost of Akkuyu NPP was estimated at 21-22 billion dollars. Likachev stated that the construction has been financed by Rosatom so far, and Turkey’s financing has not started yet.

Likachev said that Rosatom has built 22 reactors in Russia and that contracts for a total of 39 of them are ongoing. Seven reactors are being built outside the country.

Rosatom is building Turkey’s first nuclear power plant, Akkuyu, in Mersin. The station will consist of four power units with a capacity of 1200 MW each. The physical opening of the nuclear power plant is planned to be held by the end of 2024.

Turkey also has a project to build two more nuclear power plants in Sinop and Thrace.

Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Alparslan Bayraktar stated that an agreement will be reached soon on who his country will build new nuclear power plants in Sinop and Thrace at Atomexpo 2024. According to him, Türkiye has made serious progress in the development of the nuclear power plant project in Sinop. Dialogue with Rosatom and other interested parties continues.

Visit from the Russian delegation to Akkuyu

Meanwhile, according to Sputnik, a delegation consisting of deputies from the Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, visited the construction site of the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant (NGP), which is under construction in Mersin.

According to the statement of Akkuyu Nükleer AŞ, the delegation that visited the site in Gülnar district was accompanied by Akkuyu Nükleer AŞ General Manager Anastasiya Zoteyeva, Rosatom General Manager Advisor Nikolay Martyanov and other project managers.

The delegation visited the Eastern Cargo Terminal, where large-sized equipment was brought, and the reactor building of the first unit, and went up to the observation deck, where the power units and infrastructure of the power plant to be put into operation could be seen.

During the visit, Russian MPs were informed about the status of the construction of power units and the contribution of the Akkuyu NPP project to the socioeconomic development of Turkey and Russia.

The delegation, including Duma Energy Committee Chairman Pavel Zavalniy and Energy Committee First Deputy Chairman Sergey Levçenko, then went to the settlement built in Silifke district for those working within the scope of the project and received information.

Effective collaboration

According to the news of the TürkRus portal, Akkuyu Nükleer AŞ. General Manager Zoteyeva noted:

“In addition to building a nuclear power plant on its own territory with the Akkuyu NPP, Turkey is also supported in the training of qualified personnel in the field of engineering, a ready road map for the development of nuclear energy and the localization of production. Akkuyu Nükleer AŞ fulfills the commitments of the Russian State Nuclear Energy Corporation Rosatom abroad.” “The construction of the NPP also provides long-term benefit from Russian industrial enterprises, which are manufacturers of high-tech equipment. We appreciate such effective cooperation and do our best to ensure that the Akkuyu NPP project benefits the international cooperation between Russia and Turkey.”

Sergey Butckik, First Deputy General Manager of Akkuyu Nükleer AŞ and NPP Construction Affairs Director, stated that their main goal is to build the power plant with high quality and on time, and said, “We take great care to support the employees and their families, and we do not forget the local residents. They actively participate in the life of the region, charity events “We carry out cultural events and educational activities,” he said.

Duma Energy Committee Chairman Pavel Zavalniy also noted that Akkuyu NPP is the largest project in the history of cooperation between the two countries.