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Turkey’s Nuclear Regulatory Authority agreed to issue a construction license for Unit 4 of Akkuyu NPP

The licensing process for Turkey’s 1st nuclear power plant has involved obtaining about 120 different licenses and permits from various Turkish government agencies

Turkey’s Nuclear Regulatory Authority agreed to issue a construction license for Unit 4 of Akkuyu NPP

Ankara, October 29 – Neftegaz.RU. The issuing of this license means that all construction and installation work pertaining to Unit 4, including that of nuclear safety facilities, can now be started.

The licensing documentation was submitted to the Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NDK) on May 12, 2020.
The construction license for Unit 4 of the Akkuyu NPP was issued following an evaluation of the licensing documentation by the Nuclear Regulatory Authority’s Board.

The license allows to start building the unit’s reactor and turbine island.
Anastasia Zoteeva, Akkuyu Nuclear Director General, said:
  • Obtaining the construction license for Unit 4 is an important stage of the project’s implementation
  • We have completed the licensing process for the construction of our 4-unit NPP and have, therefore, had the safety, in-depth development, relevance and uniqueness of our project reaffirmed by our Turkish colleagues at the Nuclear Regulatory Authority
  • We are now ready to carry out works on all 4 power units.
  • At the beginning of next year, we will start building the foundation slab of the nuclear island buildings
By the end of this year, the construction of the concrete base of the foundation slabs of the reactor and turbine buildings is expected to start.
The foundation slabs will then be reinforced.

To date, all key licenses and permits, including a positive environmental impact assessment report, an electricity generation license, power unit construction licenses and operating permit of the Eastern Cargo Terminal have already been issued.

In the future, the Nuclear Regulatory Authority will have to evaluate applications for licenses for commissioning and operation, fuel loading and the accreditation of personnel for each of the four NPP power units under construction.

Today, the construction site of Akkuyu NPP is the largest nuclear construction site in the world.
The NPP construction site gathers 12,000 workers every day, as well as over 1,000 units of construction equipment and vehicles and 70 construction cranes.

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