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Two countries expected to begin feasibility study for $30bn project Russian state nuclear corportion Rosatom is building Turkey’s first nuclear station at Akkuyu. Courtesy Rosatom. South Korea’s state-run Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco) said on Tuesday (1 February) it had submitted a preliminary proposal to Turkey to take part in a project worth about $30bn (€27bn) to build four nuclear power plants in the European country.

Kepco chief executive officer Cheong Seung-il met Turkey's energy minister, Fatih Donmez, on Monday and presented the proposal regarding the construction of four nuclear plants at a possible in the northern part of the country, according to the company.

“The main contents of the proposal include the introduction of Kepco and Korea's excellent nuclear power plant construction capabilities, the business structure of the Turkey nuclear power plant, the construction period, and localisation,” Kepco said in a statement.

Press reports in December 2022 said Kepco was in discussions with the Turkish government to develop the four nuclear power plants.

A spokesperson at Kepco, the largest electric utility in South Korea and parent company of nuclear operator Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power, said the two countries were expected to begin a feasibility study this year, after which they could sign an agreement to build the four reactors.

Date: Friday, 03 February 2023
Original article: nucnet.org/news/south-korea-s-kepco-launches-bid-to-build-four-new-nuclear-reactors-2-4-2023

The European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group (ENSREG) has said that "Energoatom is the only legitimate licensee of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant (ZNPP) and that the plant has to be operated as per licence conditions and in accordance with Ukrainian and international legal and regulatory requirements, under the supervision of the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine (SNRIU)."

Date: Friday, 02 December 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newseurope-backs-ukrainian-claims-to-znpp-as-russia-strengthens-control-of-the-plant-10399896

After leading the 14-member Support and Assistance Mission to Zaporizhzia (ISAMZ), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi summarised the situation at the NPP sayng that the physical integrity of the plant had been violated.

Date: Tuesday, 06 September 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newszaporizhizhia-physical-integrity-violated-9977999

First Akkuyu plant due online in 2023 with possibility of more units at Sinop and Igneada The first Akkuyu unit is expected to come online in 2023 with a further unit starting every year afterwards. Courtesy Rosatom. New nuclear reactors under construction and being planned in Turkey will help meet the fast-growing economy’s “massive” demand for energy and reduce the country’s dependence on polluting fossil fuels, the Italian representative of the NIATR (Nuclear Industry Association of Turkish Republic) said.

According to Turkey’s ministry of energy and natural resources, energy consumption in 2012 was 239 TWh a year, while in 2023 forecasts say it could reach as much as 478 TWh.

However, Massimo Giorgi of NIATR told NucNet that the current energy mix will not meet demand and the lack of reliable, diversified, low-cost energy is an obstacle to Ankara’s economic plans.

Once fully operational, the $20bn Akkuyu nuclear power station, where Turkey is building four 1,114-MW pressurised water reactor units supplied by Russia, will provide about 10% of the country’s total electricity generation.

Date: Tuesday, 18 January 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/new-reactors-will-help-meet-massive-demand-for-energy-and-reduce-reliance-on-fossil-fuels-1-1-2022

Turkey plans to build more nuclear power plants after it completes Akkuyu, the country's president said yesterday. "After Akkuyu nuclear power plant, we will swiftly begin preparations for our second and third power plants," Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said. Akkuyu is expected to generate its first electricity in 2023.

Date: Thursday, 11 November 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Turkish-President-Erdogan-looks-to-further-new-nuc

The reactor pressure vessel (RPV) has been installed at unit 1 of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant under construction in Turkey. Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom, which is constructing four VVER-1200 reactors at the site in Mersin province, described the milestone as "one of the key stages in the main equipment assembly".

Date: Thursday, 03 June 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Reactor-vessel-installed-at-first-Turkish-unit

The United Nations, the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the World Energy Council (WEC) are drawing global attention to the inherent qualities of nuclear power as a clean and reliable source of electricity. Now into its seventh decade, nuclear energy is seen by these and other prominent organisations as an existing and proven solution to the 21st Century challenges of climate change and a sustainable energy transition.

Date: Friday, 06 September 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Nuclear-power-is-the-silent-giant-being-invited-fi

A new agency has been established in Turkey to regulate the nuclear energy sector, the Official Gazette announced on 9 July.

Date: Friday, 13 July 2018
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsturkey-sets-up-new-nuclear-regulator-6244883

French engineering group Assystem is to conduct site characterisation and impact studies for Saudi Arabia's first nuclear power plant under a contract from the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KA-CARE). The contract was awarded recently following an international call for tenders launched by KA-CARE.

Date: Wednesday, 04 July 2018
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Assystem-to-assess-potential-Saudi-sites