Minister of industry and technology of The Republic Of Turkey Mustafa Varank visits The Akkuyu NPP construction site

January 18, 2021, Büyükeceli, Mersin Province, Turkey. On Sunday, January 17, Minister of Industry and Technology of the Republic of Turkey Mustafa Varank made a working visit to Akkuyu NPP construction site. The Minister held a meeting with representatives of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC management, reviewed the progress of the construction work, and talked to journalists.

The meeting was attended by Governor of the Mersin Province Ali İhsan Su, Head of the General Directorate of Nuclear Energy and International Projects at the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of the Republic of Turkey Ibrahim Halil Dere, Head of Administration of Gülnar District Yunus Emre Bayraklı, First Deputy Chief Executive Officer for AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC Sergei Butсkikh, Managing Director for GR and International Cooperation of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC Alexey Frolov, Chairperson of the board of management of Ankara Chamber of Industry Nurettin Özdebir, and Program Director of Joint Venture TITAN2 IC IÇTAS INŞAAT ANONİM ŞİRKETİ (the primary contractor for construction of Akkuyu NPP) Mete Bastırmacı.

After welcome speeches by Sergei Butсkikh and Mustafa Varank, Deputy Director for Construction of the NPP under Construction of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC Dmitry Romanets presented a report on the current Akkuyu NPP construction status to the meeting participants. Then, representative of TITAN2 IC IÇTAS INŞAAT ANONİM ŞİRKETİ Mete Bastırmacı took the floor with a presentation on the localization of equipment and materials in the course of Akkuyu NPP construction.

After the meeting, the official delegation took a tour of the construction site; based on results of the tour, a briefing was held for the invited journalists. At the meeting with the mass media representatives, Minister of Industry and Technology of the Republic of Turkey Mustafa Varank noted, "Akkuyu NPP has been a long-held dream for Turkey; a dream of already 60 years. Few are aware that the initial license for the Akkuyu NPP site was issued back in 1976. And now, at last, we can see how the work is currently being conducted here, at the construction site of power units of the first NPP in our country. From the point of view of our Ministry, this project is not just a large-scale construction; first and foremost, we are interested in the localization process, in the contribution that the NPP will make to the development of the Turkish industry. And in this respect, it is very important that the nuclear technologies contribute to development of related industries. Today we have visited the impressive, in terms of its scale, construction site of Akkuyu NPP – a project that will provide our industrial sector with serious competitive advantages. We are continuing active work, aiming to make Turkey a country, which will be able to independently manufacture products applicable in the nuclear technology sector."

Under the restrictions connected with the COVID-19 pandemic, the visit was held with strict observance of anti-epidemic measures: upon arrival at the site, body temperature readings were taken for any and all members of the delegation, accompanying persons and journalists. At the site, participants of the visit were wearing medical face masks; the seating during the meeting was arranged with observance of the social distancing rules.

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