Russian trained Turkish experts to work in Russian-built Akkuyu Nuclear Powerplant

Over 50 new Turkish specialists, commenced their work in Akkuyu Nuclear JSC, after receiving diplomas from the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (MEPhI) at Russia’s National Research Nuclear University (NRNU), Russian nuclear energy company Rosatom announced on Saturday.

The second group of Turkish students has graduated from the NRNU MEPhI in Moscow, Rosatom said in a statement.

The graduates have also been learning Russian to directly learn from the experience of their Russian tutors.

The Akkuyu project started with an intergovernmental agreement signed between Turkey and Russia on May 12, 2010. Rosatom and participants will build the plant comprising four units, each of which has a capacity of 1,200 megawatts.

The plant will have a working life of 8,000 hours per year, and will produce 35 billion kilowatts of electricity at full capacity, which will meet about 10 percent of Turkey’s electricity needs.

The plant has an operational date for the first reactor set for 2023, while the plant is expected to be up and running at full capacity by 2025.

Training of the staff for Akkuyu NPP in Russia was initiated in 2011. Last year, 35 students from Turkey graduated and received their diplomas on “Nuclear power plants: design, operation and engineering” specialisation.

Following 6.5 years in MEPhI, all graduates were hired by Akkuyu Nuclear JSC, according to Rosatom. The company said that now over 140 Turkish students continue their education in Russian universities “under the program of target preparation.”