Turkey: Erdogan, Putin launch Akkuyu third power unit online

Turkey: Erdogan, Putin launch Akkuyu third power unit online

The President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin participated in a teleconference on Wednesday at the Founding Ceremony of the third power unit of the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant.

The Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant will generate 35 billion kilowatt hours of electricity annually to cover about 10% of Turkey’s energy consumption. In addition, as stated by the Turkish President, the domestic, installed capacity of the country’s renewable energy has reached the level of 63.7%.

According to Erdogan, the power plant is equipped with the most advanced security systems to ensure compliance with the standards of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The decision to include nuclear energy in Turkey’s national energy infrastructure is a strategic step for security of energy supply, the Turkish president explained.

Turkey’s discovery of 405 billion cubic meters of gas in the Black Sea is an important step towards energy independence, Erdogan stressed, adding that the country aims to add nuclear energy with zero carbon emissions, making it an environmentally friendly energy source production in the country.

“On the 100th anniversary of our Republic, we will include Turkey in the club of countries with nuclear energy”, President Erdogan added.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who also attended the ceremony, said the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant was a joint project that contributes significantly to Turkey’s energy security and further strengthens the economy.

For his part, Putin praised the joint efforts of the two countries that made it possible to continue construction of the plant as planned, despite the coronavirus pandemic.

“I would like to thank all the participants in the construction of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant and once again express my belief that the successful implementation of this flagship project, without exaggeration, will not only bring bilateral energy cooperation to a qualitatively new level, but It will also contribute to the further promotion of the multifaceted Russian-Turkish partnership, to the promotion of friendship and mutual understanding between the peoples of our countries”, Putin said.

Concluding, the Russian President stressed that Russia attaches great importance to Akkuyu’s work and promised to continue to provide all necessary assistance and support.

The signing of the intergovernmental agreement on the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant was signed between Turkey and Russia in May 2010. Work on the first unit of the plant is scheduled to begin in 2023, when the country will celebrate the centenary of the Turkish Republic. The remaining three units will be operational by the end of 2026, at a rate of one per year./ibna