Live broadcast from Akkuyu NPP site was watched by more than 4 million people
January 28, 2021, Büyükeceli, Mersin Province, Turkey. On January 22, 2021, the Akkuyu NPP construction site hosted a live TV broadcast of the "We Call Upon Talents" program, which is being implemented by the Human Resources Department of the Administration of the President of the Republic of Turkey. It was broadcast on the official YouTube channel of the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, on the Twitter and Periscope social media, as well as on the official website of the project - www.ytnk.tv. The broadcast was hosted by the famous TV presenter Oylum Talu.
AKKUYU NUKLEAR JSC was represented by Sergei Butсkikh, the First Deputy General Director - Director of the NPP under construction, Hande Incula, the Chief Specialist of the HR Directorate, as well as the company's young employees, who also spoke live on the air: Yusuf Kılıç, Specialist of the Department of Preparation and Performance of Repairs, Mervan Güneş, Spent Nuclear Fuel Shop Specialist, and Polina Kasal, Leading Specialist of Documentation and Control Department.
When speaking on cameras, Sergei Butсkikh noted the following: "The province of Mersin and the Gulnar disrtict, where the Akkuyu NPP construction site is located, have become major geographic points on the Turkish nuclear energy map. Thanks to the project, infrastructure is developing steadily, and many areas of the economy, industry and social sphere have received a strong impetus to development. Akkuyu NPP is a modern and safe nuclear power plant. It is equipped with state-of-the-art safety systems. Power units of Russian design are built not only in Turkey, but also in China, Belarus, Egypt and other countries. Such power units are successfully operated in Russia."
Tuğrul Çağrı Cinkara, the Head of the Department of Nuclear Power Projects at Turkey's Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, joined the live broadcast via video link from Ankara. He spoke about the development of the legal infrastructure for nuclear power in Turkey from the 1960s to the present, and emphasized the importance of nuclear power in addressing energy security, climate change, and environmental issues.
Hande Incula, the Chief Specialist of the Human Resources Directorate of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC, spoke in detail about the targeted program of training the operating personnel of Akkuyu NPP from among the citizens of the Republic of Turkey: "The program participants study at prestigious Russian universities. During their first year, students study at the preparatory department, where they learn the Russian language and acquire the terminology base related to their respective fields of specialization. Then, in the 1st and 2nd proper years of study, the basic program of exact and natural sciences begins involving studies of chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Students choose to specialize in nuclear power plants in their third year of studies: the possible fields of study include "design and operation of nuclear power plants," "control and management systems for nuclear power plants", and "radiation safety of nuclear power plants". In the process of training, students receive internships at modern Russian nuclear power plants. Upon graduation, Turkish specialists receive job offers at AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC. More than 140 program graduates are already working for the company."
A separate block of the program was dedicated to the project's young specialists. They told about themselves, what education they had received and how they had joined the team of specialists of a large-scale interstate project.
Yusuf Kılıç, Specialist of the Department of Preparation and Performance of Repairs: "I have been working in the company for about 2 years - I am responsible for maintenance and repair of Akkuyu NPP. You may be surprised – what repairs are we talking about? After all, the nuclear power plant has not yet been commissioned. However, plans are made for years ahead at all nuclear power plants, with all processes without exception simulated and calculated in advance. At the present time we check all the parameters of the equipment delivered to the site for compliance with the standards as well as the design documentation down to the smallest detail, in order to ensure comprehensive maintenance and repairs of this equipment in the future. By the time it is put into operation, we will already know it thoroughly."
Polina Kasal, Leading Specialist of Documentation and Control Department: "Document management is a very important and critical job. Our company interacts with a huge number of organizations - government agencies, contractors, regulators, not to mention the internal correspondence between various divisions within the company. We record the documentation and send it to appropriate structural units of the company. Documents are prepared in Russian and Turkish, and sometimes in English, as well. I find my work very interesting."
Mervan Güneş, Spent Nuclear Fuel Shop Specialist: "In Turkey, I went to university to study electrical engineering and electronics. Later, I saw an advertisement that changed my whole life. This was an advertisement for recruitment of those wishing to participate in an educational training program for the project of Turkey's first nuclear power plant, Akkuyu. I had been following trends in various energy sectors with interest, and I was inspired by the possibility of professional growth in this field, as well as by the fact that nuclear power would contribute to Turkey's development. I applied for the educational program, successfully passed the entrance exams and started my student life in Russia in order to work on the project in the future. After completing my internship, I was hired by AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC. I have always believed in success, and I urge our viewers to believe in themselves, too - be self-confident, and you will definitely succeed."
During the broadcast, viewers had the opportunity to take a virtual tour of the Akkuyu NPP construction site, accompanied by Mete Bastırmacı, the program director of the main construction contractor - Joint Venture TITAN2 IC ICTAS INSAAT. He told about the facilities that are now being built at the site, showed what kind of pipes will be used in the deep-water cooling water discharge system (their diameter exceeding the human height), provided statistics on employment and information on what engineering professions are now most in demand at the project.
In the final part of the broadcast the audience was invited to take part in a quiz, which consisted of 5 questions. The first 10 viewers to answer the quiz questions correctly received a unique opportunity to participate in a technical tour of the Akkuyu NPP construction site.
The recorded version of the live television broadcast of the "We Call Upon Talents" project from the Akkuyu NPP construction site is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kv8q9cl479Q.
The "We Call Upon Talents" TV program is being implemented by the Human Resources Department of the Administration of the President of the Republic of Turkey and is aimed at informing young people about major projects in Turkey. The program is always broadcast live, with young professionals telling their success stories and viewers taking part in a televised quiz. Winners are invited to participate in a technical tour at the project site.
Each broadcast lasts on average an hour and is shown on YouTube, Twitter and on the website www.ytnk.tv, which belongs to the Human Resources Directorate of the Administration of the President of the Republic of Turkey.
The first broadcast of the "We Call Upon Talents" program took place on July 3, 2020. A total of four live broadcasts have so far been held: those dedicated to the Turkish aerospace industry (the design team of the Grizu 263 satellite), the construction of the bridge across the Dardanelles (Çanakkale 1915), the new Istanbul airport, and the Akkuyu NPP.