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Russia’s Rosatom Begins Work On Second Reactor At Turkey’s Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant

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Russia's Rosatom Begins Work On Second Reactor At Turkey's Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant

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On June 29th, Rosatom engineers have completed the manufacture of a set of steam generators for the first Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant unit in Turkey, which is being built with the participation of the Russian Federation, the Atomenergomash holding press service said.

Steam generators are the main equipment of the reactor compartment of a nuclear power unit.

They are necessary to obtain water vapor, which drives the turbine generator. Steam generators are part of the reactor installation.

The length of one steam generator is about 15 meters, the diameter is more than 4 meters, the weight of the equipment is 340 tons. The equipment of one power unit includes four steam generators.

The entire set of steam generators for unit No. 1 of the Akkuyu NPP was manufactured at the Atommash plant in the city of Volgodonsk, Rostov Region.

The entire manufacturing cycle of steam generators lasted about two years. An important stage in the production of a steam generator, which lasts more than three weeks, is the installation of 11 thousand stainless heat-exchange pipes with a total length of about 125 kilometers.

The steam generators will be shipped to Akkuyu NPP by water.

On June 26th, the State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom has begun construction of power unit No. 2 of Akkuyu NPP in Turkey, RIA Novosti was told by the Akkuyu Nuclear project company, which is responsible for the implementation of this project.

As the head of the company Anastasia Zoteeva noted that construction and installation work is now being carried out simultaneously at the sites of the first and second power units.

“We are about to finish pouring concrete slabs under the reactor containment building and the engine room,” Anastasia Zoteeva said.

As for the first power unit, the construction of which began in 2018, they “recently completed concreting the foundation slab of the turbine hall, installed a melt trap, and now we are preparing to install the second tier of the inner containment – work is being carried in the containment zone,” said Zoteeva.

Akkuyu NPP is the first nuclear power plant to be built in Turkey. The Akkuyu NPP project includes four power units with Russian-designed reactors of VVER-1200 generation 3+. The capacity of each nuclear power unit will be 1,200 MW.

To date, the project is fully funded by the Russian side. The construction of Akkuyu NPP is the first project in the globalnuclear industry, implemented according to the “build-own-operate” model. The project cost is about $20 billion.

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