ANKARA, Sep 17 – PRIME. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said that the Turkish company has agreed with the Russian side on the Akkuyu nuclear power plant, and its opening ceremony is scheduled for 2023.
The Turkish company IC Ictas, with which the Akkuyu Nuclear project company had previously canceled the contract for the construction of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant, received a contract again, Reuters reported earlier. On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that all problematic issues related to the construction of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant in Turkey had been closed and final documents had been signed. He expressed hope that the first unit of the Akkuyu NPP would be launched on time – in 2023.
“An agreement has been reached regarding Akkuyu. With this agreement, they (the Russian side) have now agreed with the Turkish company IC. Through the rapid continuation of the next process, we hopefully will be able to complete the construction of the first unit and inaugurate it in 2023,” Erdogan said. journalists upon their return from Samarkand.
Akkuyu is the first project in the global nuclear industry implemented according to the “build-own-operate” model. The construction cost is about 20 billion dollars. The Akkuyu project meets all modern international safety requirements in the nuclear power industry.
Until recently, Titan 2 IC Ictas Insaat Anonim Sirketi, founded in May 2019, a Russian-Turkish joint venture between the Russian JSC Concern Titan-2 and the Turkish construction company IC Ictas Insaat Sanayi Ve Ticaret AS In July 2019, the design company Akkuyu Nuclear JSC and Titan 2 IC Ictas Insaat Anonim Sirketi signed an agreement for the design, supply of equipment and construction of Akkuyu NPP facilities (EPC contract). Since that time, the main construction work at the Akkuyu NPP site has been carried out by the joint venture.
According to Rosatom, during the execution of the EPC contract, IC Ictas Insaat Sanayi Ve Ticaret AS committed numerous violations that affected the quality and timing of the work. Under the circumstances, the project management decided to terminate the contract with IC Ictas Insaat Sanayi Ve Ticaret AS. It was reported that after its withdrawal from the project participants, Akkuyu Nuclear signed a contract with the Turkish company TSM Enerji İnşaat Sanayi Limited Şirketi (TSM).