Moscow, 2 April - Neftegaz.RU. The construction of Turkey's 1st nuclear power plant, Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) is on schedule, Russia's energy minister Alexander Novak told Turkish Anadolu Agency just 1 day before the groundbreaking ceremony.
«Our company was waiting for a construction license and now we have received information that permission will be given,» Alexander Novak said.
The groundbreaking ceremony on April 2, 2018, in Turkey's southern Mersin province will see the participation of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin via video conference from Ankara.
Rosatom plans to construct the plant with a capacity of 4,800 megawatts in 4 units and a working life of 8,000 hours per year, but plans to sell a 49 % share of the project. In the 1st phase of construction, 2 units with a capacity of 2,400 megawatts are planned.
Novak hailed the importance of the project for his country, and said, «We thank our Turkish partners for giving strategic investment status to the project.» The plant has an operational date set for the 1st reactor by 2023 while the plant is expected to be up and running at full capacity by 2025.