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The third tier of the internal containment (VZO) has been installed at unit 2 of the Akkuyu NPP under construction in Turkey. The VZO provides protection for the reactor compartment and is a support for pipeline penetrations and a polar crane, which is used to service the reactor during its operation.

Date: Friday, 24 June 2022
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The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Mariano Grossi, met with Alexey Likhachev, Director General of Russian state nuclear company Rosatom, and other senior Russian officials in Istanbul on Wednesday.

Date: Friday, 06 May 2022
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As part of the work to install a unified drainage system at the construction site of unit 1 at the Akkuyu NPP in Turkey, builders have connected the discharge channel and the siphon well - facilities that will ensure the removal of sea and desalinated water after cooling of the plant equipment, project company Akkuyu Nuklear said on 27 April. The construction of discharge channels and siphon wells was carried out in parallel for Akkuyu units 1 and 2. The construction involved 700 workers and specialists who work in continuous shifts.

Date: Friday, 29 April 2022
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International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi is in Ukraine to "start delivering" the safety and security assistance Ukraine has requested for the country's nuclear facilities.

Date: Wednesday, 30 March 2022
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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director general says consultations about an agreement for the safety and security of Ukraine's nuclear facilities are on-going.

Date: Saturday, 19 March 2022
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The main components of the turbine plant of Akkuyu unit 1 - including the stator, turbine generator rotor and low-pressure cylinder - have been delivered to the construction site in Turkey.

Date: Friday, 18 March 2022
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The eighth European Union-International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Senior Officials Meeting discussed opportunities to deepen cooperation in a range of areas, including collaboration on the development and deployment of small modular reactors (SMRs).

Date: Thursday, 17 March 2022
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Latest updates, 11 March:
• IAEA director general said Thursday's meetings showed both sides ready to work with the organisation
• Energoatom says Ukraine to switch to using Westinghouse rather than Russian fuel
• Nuclear power plants continue to operate in Ukraine, but concerns raised over conditions for workers
• IAEA and EBRD both 'concerned' by the situation at Chernobyl

Date: Saturday, 12 March 2022
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Safety group concerned about ‘factors that may challenge high standards of operation’ Rafael Grossi said he hopes to make progress on the urgent issue of ensuring the safety and security of Ukraine’s nuclear facilities. Courtesy IAEA. The World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) said it supports the immediate establishment of a nuclear safety framework at all nuclear facilities in Ukraine that ensures the seven pillars of nuclear safety and security are achieved and maintained.

The safety group’s announcement came as Rafael Grossi, director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN’s nuclear watchdog, flew on Thursday to the Turkish city of Antalya where met the foreign ministers of Russia and Ukraine. Mr Grossi was scheduled to hold a press conference on his return to Vienna on Thursday evening.

“In meetings there, I hope to make progress on the urgent issue of ensuring the safety and security of Ukraine’s nuclear facilities. We need to act now,” Mr Grossi said in a statement. 

WANO said in a statement there can be no interference of any kind with Ukrainian member operators’ ability to safely perform their work.

The group’s performance objectives and criteria and safety principles provide high standards to guide nuclear plant operators worldwide on safe nuclear facility operation. “WANO is concerned about factors in the current situation that may challenge these high standards of operation,” it said.

Date: Friday, 11 March 2022
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The director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Mariano Grossi, held talks in Turkey with Ukraine's foreign minister and Russia's foreign minister and said "we are making progress on the safety and security of nuclear facilities in Ukraine". 

Date: Friday, 11 March 2022
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