Russia delivered the first batch of nuclear fuel for Turkiye Akkuyu NPP

The Russian “Rosatom” delivered the first batch of nuclear fuel for the Akkuyu NPP and handed over a certificate with which the plant was declared a nuclear site, writes TASS. The ceremony was attended online by the two presidents of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and of Russia, Vladimir Putin.

During the ceremony, Erdogan commented that he hopes the four Akkuyu NPP reactors will be operational by 2028.

It is the first nuclear power plant in Turkey. The project envisages the construction of four reactors of the VVER 1200 type using Rosatom technology. The price is about 20 billion dollars, fully financed by the Russian side, it became clear from the statement of the Turkish president.

“Akkuyu” NPP is also the first in the world implemented according to the Build-Own-Operate (“build-own-operate” scheme).

When the Akkuyu NPP becomes operational, Russia may reduce gas supplies to Turkey, the Russian president also commented, quoted by Bloomberg. Russia is the main supplier of energy products to Turkey – about 25% of oil and over 40% of natural gas. Ankara has not joined Western sanctions against Moscow imposed over the war in Ukraine.

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