Head of Rosatom Alexey Likhachev and Turkish Energy Minister Alparslan Bayraktar had a working meeting

Delegations from the management of Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation and the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of the Republic of Turkey visited the Akkuyu NPP construction site. Alexey Likhachev, Director General of Rosatom State Corporation, inspected the engine room of Unit 1 of Akkuyu NPP, where he familiarised himself with the results of the installation operation to install the stator of the turbine generator in the pre-design position. The head of Rosatom also toured the construction site and held a meeting with project managers.

"Rosatom is currently implementing construction projects for two of the largest nuclear construction projects on the planet: Akkuyu NPP in Turkey and El Dabaa NPP in Egypt. In Turkey, the first unit is already in its final stage. The works are being carried out in strict accordance with the schedule," said Alexey Likhachev.

"Construction readiness of the first unit is more than 90 per cent. All the equipment of the nuclear island has been assembled. The stator and the base of the generating system are being assembled in the engine room - this is the heaviest equipment at the nuclear plant. The reactor is a kind of a heart that pumps blood around the plant. And this blood feeds the muscle - the turbine and the generator. And this muscle will provide up to 10 per cent of all electric energy of such a large country as Turkey," the head of Rosatom said. He added that personnel training for the future power plant is being carried out at an advanced pace: a training centre, the most modern in the world, has already been launched at Akkuyu NPP.

On the eve of the visit, NPP builders successfully carried out a technically challenging operation to install the turbine generator stator in its pre-engineering position.

The turbine generator stator is the heaviest component of a nuclear power plant's equipment. Its mass is about 430 tonnes, length 12 m, diameter 4.2 m. The stator was delivered from the warehouse on a special wheeled platform for installation in the turbine hall of Unit 1. The equipment was lifted to the turbine mark using a crane-free method - with the help of a hydraulic rigging system. A large amount of work was done to carry out the large-scale operation: the ceiling of the turbine room zero level was reinforced, special columns over 18 metres high were installed, and a rail track was mounted on which the stator was transported to the installation site. The turbine room, or turbine department, is one of the key facilities of the nuclear power plant; it is here that the energy of heated steam coming from the reactor room will be converted into mechanical energy of turbine rotation, and then, in the turbine generator, into electricity. Simultaneously with the installation of turbine components, pumps, pipelines and other equipment are being installed in the turbine room of Unit 1 of Akkuyu NPP as scheduled.


Akkuyu NPP is the first nuclear power plant under construction in the Republic of Turkey. The Akkuyu NPP project includes four power units with Russian-designed Generation III+ VVER reactors. The capacity of each power unit will be 1200 MW.

The construction of Akkuyu NPP is the first project in the global nuclear industry to be implemented under the Build-Own-Operate model.

Russia continues to maintain a constructive dialogue with its foreign colleagues, developing cooperation with countries from all corners of the world and actively forming a multipolar system of international relations. Implementation of major foreign energy projects continues. Rosatom and its enterprises take an active part in this work.