ALMATY. May 16 (Interfax-Kazakhstan) - The Kazakh delegation led by Energy Minister Bolat Akchulakov and Samruk-Kazyna CEO Almasadam Satkaliyev visited the construction site of the first nuclear power plant in Turkey built according to Rosatom's VVER-1200 reactor design.
The Akkuyu NPP is being built on the southern coast of Turkey in Mersin province according to a build-own-operate (BOO) arrangement. The cost of the NPP construction project is around $20 billion. Under the long-term contract, AKKUYU NUCLEAR has undertaken to provide the power plant's design, construction, maintenance, operation, and decommissioning.
"The nuclear power plant with the latest generation 3+ reactors is equipped with advanced safety systems that protect from all possible risks including terrorist attacks and natural disasters. The rectors can withstand extreme external events such as an aircraft crash," Samruk-Kazyna said.
The plant will have four units with 3+ generation VVER-1200 water-pressurized reactors. The total installed capacity is 4,800 MW. After the commissioning of all four Power Units, Akkuyu NPP will generate about 35 billion kWh per year.
Most of the long-lead equipment for the Akkuyu NPP Power Units, including reactors, steam generators, and reactor coolant pumps, is manufactured by Russian companies, part of Rosatom machine-building division.
The possibility of building a nuclear power plant in Kazakhstan has been under discussion for many years. As the republic may face a shortage of electricity in the future, the government has again returned to the NPP construction project.
Kazakhstan is continuing to study various technologies, including the Russian-designed VVER reactors.