A New Group of Turkish Nuclear Engineers Started to Work at Akkuyu NPP

September 7, 2022, Büyükeceli, Mersin, Turkey. – Having completed the training program for the operating personnel, 55 experts began to work at the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) site. Young specialists participating in the training program for nuclear engineers to work at Akkuyu NPP completed their higher education at the Russian National Research Nuclear University (NRNU MEPhI) and St. Petersburg Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPBPU).

Young experts who began to work on the site were informed regarding human resources policy, professional development opportunities, and occupational safety and health by going through an adaptation program.

The technical and personnel department heads of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC met with the young engineers on the first working day at the NPP site. Deputy Technical Director for Operations Sergey Kozyrev briefed the new employees about the features of the work of various workshops and sections of the nuclear power plant under construction, and the special responsibility that comes with carrying out technological processes at nuclear power plants. Human Resources Director Andrey Pavlyuk also drew attention to the continuous training and further education process as a prerequisite for professional development in the nuclear field.

“The increase in the number of Turkish nuclear engineers and localization rate every year attracts Turkish companies to participate in the construction of the nuclear power plant. Transferring nuclear technologies from Russian experts to Turks is the primary goal of the Akkuyu NPP project. The training program in Russian universities and the creation of more employment in the nuclear power plant, which is under construction, is one of the most important personnel projects implemented for more than 10 years. Young Turkish engineers will write the history of the peaceful atom in their country and set an example for new graduates who want to connect their lives with nuclear power generation, a highly promising and in request- in the nuclear technology sector”, stated Anastasia Zoteeva, General Director of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC.

Mustafa Elaldı, SPbPU 2022 graduate: “After I started working at Akkuyu NPP, I realized that my colleagues are real professionals, and I can learn a lot from them. We have completed the training at the university, but for a specialist in the nuclear sector, the training never ends, we need to constantly improve ourselves. I am happy that I have many opportunities to develop at AKKUYU NUCLEAR.”

Aykan Uğural, NRNU MEPhI graduate 2022: “I was looking forward to entering the site after graduation. On the first working day, I got to know the site and my new colleagues. When I saw the scale of the project with my own eyes, I was convinced that I made the right decision by studying in Russia and working at Turkey's first nuclear power plant.”

Semih Avcı, NRNU MEPhI 2022 graduate: “The first working day passed quickly. We were all so excited! Finally, the day we prepared during our 6.5 years of education in Russia came; to begin working on the site of Turkey's first nuclear power plant. Company employees held an introductory meeting and gave detailed information about Akkuyu NPP, which we will continue to operate for many years. We met Turkish engineers who graduated from Russia and have been working on the project for several years.”

Yaşar Buğrahan Küçük, NRNU MEPhI 2022 graduate: “This year is one of the most important events of my life; I joined the large and sincere team of AKKUYU NUCLEAR. I am proud to be a part of such a great project. From day one, I felt like part of a big, friendly family.”

The personnel training program for Akkuyu NPP started in 2011. Over 11 years, 254 students from the Russian National Research Nuclear University (MEPhI) and 47 people graduated from Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, (SPBPU). Young engineers received their specialization and postgraduate diplomas in the fields of "Nuclear power plants: Design, Operation, Engineering", "Radiation safety" and "Automatic process control system". Currently, 51 Turkish students continue their specialization training for the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant in Russia.

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