Bykeceli, Mersin Province, Turkey Within the scope of the Open Doors Day arranged by AKKUYU NUCLEAR, project managers spoke about the projects status, the most important construction phases completed during the year, as well as answered questions from the Internet audience in an online format, which is unique for nuclear power plant construction projects. Young Turkish engineers working at the Akkuyu NPP construction site showed main construction facilities including power units, hydraulic engineering structures, fuel storage facilities and much more to the live broadcast audience.
About 1 000 participants from Mersin, Ankara, Istanbul, Bodrum, Konya, Bursa, Trabzon, Izmir and many other Turkish cities joined the live broadcast, which was hosted by Oylum Talu, a famous TV anchor. Young AKKUYU NUCLEAR professionals - Turkish nuclear engineers, who received specialized education in Russia and joined AKKUYU NUCLEAR team to work at the Project, were present in the live broadcast streaming studio.
AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC Chief Executive Officer Anastasia Zoteeva addressed the audience with a welcome speech. She noted that fresh fuel delivery for Unit 1, a historic event for the Project, is scheduled for 2023, the year which marks the centenary of the Republic of Turkey. "Akkuyu NPP ensures the country's technological development and strengthens its energy security of supply. The NPP means predictable electricity tariffs that do not depend on fluctuations in oil and gas prices; it means thousands of jobs at the NPP itself and in other industries, it means job orders for the local industry, growth in services, tourism, and many more. Stable economic development of Mersin province and the entire Eastern Mediterranean region of Turkey is assured for many decades to come," added Ms. Zoteeva.
Dmitry Romanets, AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC Deputy Director for the NPP under Construction, who was in the studio during the live streaming, spoke about the key construction phases over the past year, and answered video questions from the audience, which were selected by random sampling from the hundreds of questions sent to the event website. Mr. Romanets noted that the construction and installation works on Akkuyu NPP Unit 1 were undergoing their final phase, while construction and installation operations on Units 2, 3 and 4 were being performed as planned. According to Dmitry Romanets, nuclear power plant construction site is increasing its production capacity: this year an air duct workshop, a pipe shop and a temporary desalination complex have been commissioned.
During the event, two Turkish nuclear engineers - Leading Specialist of the NPP Safety Inspection Department Ozlem Arslan, and Pump Unit Operator of the Onshore Hydraulic Engineering Structures Burak Peksen, conducted a video tour at the site. The audience joined them to visit the main points of the construction site, where they could see the unprecedented scale of construction work, as well as learned about the site characteristics, processes and operating principles of the nuclear power plant.
The audience saw the construction areas of all four NPP units, and visited the reactor compartment and the turbine building of Unit 1. The young engineers, acting as tour guides, also showed the onshore hydraulic engineering structures, through which the sea water will circulate and cool down main NPP equipment, fresh nuclear fuel storage facility building and the power output system facilities, through which the NPP will be switched to the interconnected power grid of the Republic of Turkey via power transmission lines.
In addition to the site tour, the floor was given to the Turkish students engaged in the Akkuyu NPP operating personnel training program. Fifth-year students of National Research Nuclear University MEPhI spoke about nuclear training: just like Russian nuclear specialists, Turkish citizens are taught the principles of NPP design and operation and provided with practical training at nuclear power plants under operation, and upon passing exams they are guaranteed to be employed at Akkuyu NPP.
District governors in the Akkuyu NPP site region, Gulnar, Silifke and Ayd?nc?k, also participated in the Open Doors Day broadcast. They noted the role Akkuyu NPP plays in the development of economy, infrastructure and entrepreneurship in the region. "NPP construction project undoubtedly is of particular importance for us, especially from the economic and social point of view. Speaking specifically of Gulnar, the economic and trade growth driven by the project has made a significant positive contribution to the region's development over the last 5 years. The establishment of construction camps in Gulnar District, particularly in the village of Bykeceli, has contributed to the district population growth and, consequently, stimulated the growth of entrepreneurship," said Gulnar District Governor Musa Ayy?ld?z.
Ayd?nc?k District Governor Muhammet K?l?arslan noted the role of Akkuyu NPP project in increasing the employment level: "The districts youth population needs access to new employment opportunities. Today we can see that the nuclear power plant is bringing about substantial positive changes compared to previous years in the fields of tourism and urbanization, as it provides employment for the youth as well as creates conditions for an inflow of people from other parts of Turkey and from abroad. There are about 11 300 people living in our district. Moreover, almost half of our population is youth people. Akkuyu NPP offers great employment opportunities, especially for youth people. At the end of the broadcast, Mr. Romanets spoke about a unique career guidance project for children of the employees working at Akkuyu NPP project.