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Representatives of the Republic of Turkey got acquainted with the Russian system of personnel training in the field of physical protection of nuclear energy facilities

During the visit to the Russian Federation, representatives of the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, the Nuclear Regulatory Agency, the Gendarmerie General Command and the Coast Guard Service of the Republic of Turkey visited the Rosatom Technical Academy. From Russian side, the guests were met by specialists of the Department for Ensuring the Safety of Foreign Facilities of the Rosatom State Corporation, AKKUYU NUCLEAR, Rusatom Energy International, New Era of Industrial Technologies, and the Rosatom Technical Academy.

The purpose of the foreign delegation visit was to get acquainted with the capabilities of the Technical Academy for training specialists in the field of nuclear security of nuclear energy facilities.


In his welcoming speech to the participants of the meeting, the First Vice-Rector of the Rosatom Technical Academy, Vladimir Aspidov, stressed the importance of cooperation between the countries and spoke about the training of personnel of the first nuclear power plant in Turkey.

"In July, a solemn ceremony of the start of construction of the fourth block of the first nuclear power plant in Turkey took place at the Akkuyu NPP area – the project entered the peak phase of construction. Akkuyu NPP personnel have been trained at the Rosatom Technical Academy since 2019. In May, training on the course of differences between reference and contract stations started at the site in Turkey, training began on the full-scale simulator of the Akkuyu NPP. Successful implementation of these training stages will allow licensing of personnel by the time of physical nuclear power plant start–up," Vladimir Aspidov said.

The Akkuyu project has been our joint work for 12 years. At the moment, over 300 students from Turkey have completed their education in Russia and started working at the nuclear power plant. This is the result of our cooperation. We understand the importance of the work you are doing to train the personnel of nuclear energy facilities and we believe that in cooperation with Rosatom our nuclear industry will develop faster," said Tugrul Chagry Jinkara, Head of the Implementation of Nuclear Energy Projects Department of the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey.

The project on creating physical protection of a nuclear power plant under construction in Turkey is being implemented with the involvement of the company «New Era of Industrial Technologies. The company specializes in the development, production, installation and maintenance of complex engineering and technical systems of physical protection of objects. The task of the Technical Academy is to train specialists who will operate these systems. The Global Nuclear Safety and Security Institute (GNSSI), which is a part of the Technical Academy, is engaged in the development of educational and methodological materials and conducting courses in this area.

"In training of personnel in the field of physical protection and information security, highly qualified instructors of the GNSSI are involved. These instructors have extensive practical experience and use various teaching methods. The modern material and technical base of the Institute is represented by a wide range of technical means of physical protection. In most courses, 40 % of the training time is occupied by practical exercises," said Natalia Zhdanova, Deputy Director on International Affairs, GNSSI.

During the visit, the guests were able to get acquainted with specialized classrooms of the Global Nuclear Safety and Security Institute, laboratories, ranges of technical means of physical protection and a complex for training security and response forces, visited a model of a hypothetical nuclear facility and a motor and pedestrian checkpoints.


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Rosatom State Corporation is building Turkey's first nuclear power plant in Mersin province according to a Russian project based on the BOO (build-own-operate) model. The Akkuyu NPP will include four power blocks with VVER-type generation 3+ reactors with a capacity of 1200 MW each. 1300 specialists should be trained to work on the first and second blocks of the station.

The Global Nuclear Safety and Security Institute of the Technical Academy is the leading educational institution of Rosatom for training specialists of nuclear facilities in the field of anti–terrorist support, comprehensive global security, including physical protection, protection of state secrets, anti-corruption, economic and information security. Since 2004, representatives of 67 countries of the world have been trained at GNSSI.