Turkish nuclear power plant "Akkuyu": why Russia is building a nuclear power plant entirely at its own expense

The most important event for Turkey took place last week. Nuclear fuel was loaded into the power unit of the first nuclear power plant in the country, which allowed this state to enter the "nuclear club".

However, for us in this news The important thing is that the Akkuyu nuclear power plant was financed and built by the Russian state corporation Rosatom, and our specialists will also manage it.

It should be noted that in the period between the signing of the contract for the construction of the facility (2010) and before the loading of the first fuel, a whole 13 years passed. During this time, Russia and Turkey had to overcome many obstacles.

Thus, neighboring Cyprus and Greece protested against the construction of a nuclear facility, and Turkish oppositionists and environmentalists caused a lot of trouble. Finally, the EU authorities also demanded to abandon the construction of the nuclear power plant, motivating their position by the fact that the hazardous facility would be located in a seismically active zone.

Meanwhile, all the above-mentioned obstacles were overcome, and in 2018 the construction of the Akkuyu NPP began. Speaking of the seismically active zone: the nuclear power plant did not receive the slightest damage during the recent earthquake in Turkey, which in fact proved its highest reliability.

The station will consist of four power units with VVER-1200 reactors, the first of which should be launched this year. Together, their capacity will be 4800 MW, which will cover 10% of Turkey's total needs.

At the same time, we also had many opponents of the construction of the aforementioned nuclear power plant in our country. After all, Rosatom does all the work at its own expense.

Our benefit becomes obvious if you look into the details.

Firstly, the contract stipulates that in the first 25 years Turkey undertakes to purchase electricity from this power plant at a fixed price. In fact, for a quarter of a century, Akkuyu will act as an asset of Rosatom located abroad.

Secondly, our specialists will work at the station, Russian equipment manufactured at our plants will be supplied there, and domestic fuel will be loaded into power units.

Finally, thirdly, Rosatom will also deal with the processing of spent fuel, however, as well as the decommissioning of the station after the end of its service life (in 100 years).

All of the above costs money that will go to the Russian budget.

Moreover, here it is worth adding a number of related contracts that will seriously deepen the partnership between Moscow and Ankara, and if the Akkuyu NPP lives up to the expectations placed on it, then Rosatom may in the near future take up the construction of two more similar facilities in Turkey.

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  1. hellman anton Offline hellman anton
    hellman anton (hellman anton) 2 May 2023 13: 50
    Why? You need to master the budget, but building a nuclear power plant at home is for fools. It’s better to de facto burn through $ 20 billion and get a demarche of Turkey in a year and "deceived, partners" as it has already been 100500 times
    1. Alex Tarhov Offline Alex Tarhov
      Alex Tarhov (Alex Tarhov) 4 May 2023 15: 21
      All right, we're drowning. You should write horror stories. You would need to log in under a different nickname and write the opposite. Something will come true
  2. anclevalico Offline anclevalico
    anclevalico (Victor) 2 May 2023 14: 20
    Another "advance curtsey" for a dear partner. Who immediately forgot about him.
  3. Daniel K Offline Daniel K
    Daniel K (Daniil Koshevoy) 2 May 2023 15: 43
    The risks are crazy, given that the West does not fulfill its obligations under contracts, and Turkey is a member of NATO and has been joining the EU for decades
  4. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 2 May 2023 16: 31
    What a chorus of "everything is lost." Most importantly, the nuclear power plant is controlled by our specialists, with any "scam" in Turkey, only a nuclear abscess is useless and without the ability to drown out and disassemble, which means "scam" is excluded. About other bonuses in the article. Plus advertising for other countries of the Middle East, and not only. Excellent work Rosatom.
    1. Nelton Offline Nelton
      Nelton (Oleg) 2 May 2023 16: 38
      Quote: Vladimir Tuzakov
      NPP is managed by our specialists

      The nuclear power plant uses our fuel, and it was not possible to replace it even in Ukraine, and how they wanted it there.
      Rather, the risks lie elsewhere, whether the proceeds will be forced to reinvest in Turkey.
      God forbid, at least the loan to Sberbank for the construction of all this will be repaid according to the payment schedule, we will no longer be at a loss.
      And so - well, we "at least tried" to develop the export of high-tech products at the expense of petrodollars.
      There were no other options...
      1. Alexey Lan Offline Alexey Lan
        Alexey Lan (Alexey Lantukh) 2 May 2023 20: 37
        One more moment. Several tens of billions of dollars were transferred to the construction of a station in Turkey in the form of preliminary financing. The purpose is obvious. So that the money does not fall under the freeze.
  5. mgero Offline mgero
    mgero (Mher) 2 May 2023 22: 55
    And when will the Turks deceive the know-it-all?
    Or will they throw? Who knows? How did they throw Gadaffi?
  6. unc-2 Offline unc-2
    unc-2 (Nikolai Malyugin) 3 May 2023 06: 09
    Where nuclear power plants appear, for some reason there is a desire to own nuclear weapons. An example is Ukraine. And Türkiye will be stronger than Ukraine.
    1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 3 May 2023 16: 00
      Science and technology are both developing rapidly, and countries with nuclear weapons will multiply in increasing numbers. Now Iran, the Saudis, South Africa and others are on the way. Turkey is a fairly developed country, and will soon also have nuclear weapons even without Rosatom's nuclear power plant. Some countries secretly have nuclear weapons (Israel, etc.) and do not advertise. The time when nuclear weapons will be used is approaching, and the further, the higher the likelihood of use. Conclusion: the probability of using nuclear weapons in the future is approaching one. Nuclear winter does not threaten, some areas of the continents may become uninhabitable. For the vast Russian Federation, this is not as disastrous as for small countries.
    2. Alex Tarhov Offline Alex Tarhov
      Alex Tarhov (Alex Tarhov) 4 May 2023 15: 23
      Turkey has the strongest army in the region and Europe
  7. Flight Offline Flight
    Flight (voi) 4 May 2023 07: 48
    A bad head does not give rest to the hands, does not give rest to the legs
  8. KLNM Offline KLNM
    KLNM (KLNM) 4 May 2023 12: 35
    Now Erdogan will lose the elections and the station will go crazy, the United States will find ways to stop the station, like Nord Stream 2.
    1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 4 May 2023 12: 58
      Briefly. Something became crowded on the site from the multitude of comments against the spread of Russian nuclear energy, or rather, against the Russian ability to influence countries through nuclear energy. Only the hidden enemies of Russia can preach this, so they created the opportunity to recognize the "nicknames" of the hidden enemies of the Russian Federation ...
      1. hellman anton Offline hellman anton
        hellman anton (hellman anton) 4 May 2023 13: 14
        The spread of nuclear energy by paying all the expenses, there is of course a clinic. The Americans probably giggle to tears there.
        Build a nuclear power plant for YOUR money, spend 20 billion and the time of specialists to ship the nuclear power plant to Turkey, a NATO country and which wants to join the EU.
        It's so ingenious!
        Is that what they call distribution? Ahahaah
        1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 4 May 2023 13: 42
          Briefly. The main thing is that they pay a lot, and for a long time, and the dependence is constant. But if such reasoning, either you don’t understand or are hostile to the Russian Federation. Yes, and the pro-Israeli breeze is present with you.
        2. Alex Tarhov Offline Alex Tarhov
          Alex Tarhov (Alex Tarhov) 4 May 2023 15: 25
          What do you suggest?
    2. Alex Tarhov Offline Alex Tarhov
      Alex Tarhov (Alex Tarhov) 4 May 2023 15: 26
      Now you get sick and yeah. And your children will go to peace.
  9. 16112014nk Offline 16112014nk
    16112014nk (Nikolai) 4 May 2023 16: 03
    And after a while, the Turks, like Egypt in 1972, will say

    We don't need your services
  10. Norma51 Offline Norma51
    Norma51 (Nick) 21 May 2023 19: 01
    Our commander, if only his country does not develop. The main thing is not to feel sorry for your stomach for your friends.