Work on Turkey’s first nuclear power plant is proceeding as planned, an official said Sunday. The plant’s first reactor is scheduled to be operational by 2023, the 100th anniversary of the Turkish republic.
“We know how important 2023 is for Turkey. We are making serious efforts to complete the first unit by then,” said Sergey Butskikh, first deputy general manager and construction works director at the Akkuyu Nuclear A.Ş.
“It is a very ambitious but also achievable goal for us,” Butskikh told Anadolu Agency (AA).
Elaborating on the latest developments at the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), he said works at the plant are being carried out simultaneously in all areas of the site.
Around 7,00 people are working on the giant project, which, he said, is approaching its target as new equipment reaches the site and new facilities are being built.
“Our work at the Akkuyu NPP this year has been on schedule,” Butskikh said. “Work continues in the areas of the first and second units as well as in almost all areas of the plant.”
“Preparatory work on the third unit is also in full swing,” he added.
Construction of the third unit is scheduled to begin next spring, said Kirill Komarov, first deputy director-general for corporate development and international business of Rosatom, on Friday.