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Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant

Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant
Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant is located in Turkey
Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant
Location of Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant
Official name Akkuyu Nükleer Güç Santrali A.Ş.
Country Turkey
Location Akkuyu, Mersin
Status Contracted
Construction began 2016 (scheduled)
Commission date 2020 (scheduled)
Construction cost US$20 billion
Owner(s) Akkuyu NGS Elektrik Üretim A.Ş.
Nuclear power station
Reactor type VVER-1200/491 PWR
Reactor supplier Atomstroyexport
Power generation
Units planned 4 × 1,200 MW
Nameplate capacity 4,800 MW

The Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant is a planned nuclear plant at Akkuyu, in Büyükeceli, Mersin Province, Turkey. It would be the country's first nuclear power plant.[1]


In May 2010, Russia and Turkey signed an agreement that a subsidiary of Rosatom — Akkuyu NGS Elektrik Uretim Corp. (APC: Akkuyu Project Company) — would build, own, and operate a power plant at Akkuyu comprising four 1,200 MW VVER units.[2] The agreement was ratified by the Turkish Parliament in July 2010.[3]

Engineering and survey work started at the site in 2011.[4] The construction of the first unit will begin in 2016, with the four units put into service in 2020–22.

In 2013, Russian nuclear construction company Atomstroyexport (ASE) and Turkish construction company Ozdogu signed the site preparation contract for the proposed Akkuyu nuclear power plant. The contract includes excavation work at the site.[5]

Location advantages

The government chose this site because of the low population density and low risk of earthquakes.


Financing is provided by Russian investors, with 93% from a Rosatom subsidiary. Up to 49% of shares may be sold later to other investors.[6] Potential investors are Turkish companies Park Teknik and Elektrik Üretim.[4]

Turkish Electricity Trade and Contract Corporation (TETAS) has guaranteed the purchase of 70% power generated from the first two units and 30% from the third and fourth units over a 15-year power purchase agreement. Electricity will be purchased at a price of 12.35 US cents per kW·h and the remaining power will be sold in the open market by the producer.[7]


The most important objection is that Büyükeceli and the surrounding coastline may lose its touristic potential after the realization of the project.[8] Büyükeceli residents are also worried that the already low population of the town may further decrease and the town may lose its township status.


  1. ^ "Welcome to the site of Akkuyu NPP JSC!". Akkuyu NGS location. Akkuyu NGS A.Ş., Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Russian plant for Turkey's Akkuyu". World Nuclear News. 13 May 2010. Retrieved 13 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Governmental approval for Turkish construction plan". World Nuclear News. 15 July 2010. Retrieved 13 December 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Site work to start for Turkish plant". World Nuclear News. 25 February 2011. Retrieved 13 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Russia And Turkey Sign Akkuyu Site Preparation Contract". NucNet. 22 February 2013. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "A case study of a Russian international project: Turkey's Akkuyu project". Nuclear Engineering International. 3 December 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant, Turkey". Net Resources International. Retrieved 25 April 2011. 
  8. ^ "Mersin'de Yapılması Planlanan Nükleer Santral" [Making Planned Nuclear Power Plant in Mersin] (in Turkish).  
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