On 08-09 March, the delegation from ROSATOM-CICE&T visited Istanbul, Turkey to take part in the IV-th International NPP Summit which is the biggest nuclear forum that gives the opportunity for broad spectrum of domestic and international stakeholders to exchange information, establish the links and discuss their roles in the process of localization of NPP construction in Turkey and other countries.
On the first day of the Summit, two Russian parties – the ROSATOM-CICE&T and the Training Centre for Personnel of the Nuclear Industry Construction Sector (TCP NICS) – signed a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in the field of training of human resources for the construction of nuclear power facilities with the Ankara Chamber of Industry. The signing of the Memorandum was preceded by visits held to ROSATOM-CICE&T by representatives of Ankara Chamber of Industry in November 2016 and representatives of Turkish Nuclear Industry Association in February 2017.
The Memorandum was signed by Mr Yuri Seleznev, the rector of the ROSATOM-CICE&T, and Mr Viktor Opekunov, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the TCP NICS, from the Russian side, and Mr Yavuz Cabbar, the Secretary General of the Chamber, from the Turkish side.
“Due to its scale and high importance for the country’s economy, nuclear power sector is a special industry, and the need to establish links between all the participants of the project goes without saying,” Mr Yury Seleznev said. “The participation of the national industry in the construction of a nuclear power plant, as well as any other nuclear power facility, enables the country to achieve a higher level of national technical development. At the same time, it is important to harmonize the standards and qualification requirements of the vendor country and the standards of the regulatory authorities of the country where nuclear power facilities’ construction is being implemented. I am sure that significant experience in this sphere gathered by Russian educational institutions will contribute to successful realization of nuclear infrastructure development being made by Turkey as well as localization of construction of nuclear power facilities in the Republic. Successful cases in Russian-Turkish cooperation in this sphere will be also useful for Russia and applicable for other newcomers in NPP construction based on VVER technologies”.
On the second day of the Summit, at the session on “Russian Nuclear Expertise and Akkuyu Project Info” chaired by Mr Erdogan Gunduzpolat (Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Russian Economy, Scince&Technology Council- REBTEK) the Vice-Rector of ROSATOM-CICE&T gave an outlook of the Russian Nuclear Expertize focusing on the HRD issues for nuclear infrastructure development and localization in the countries embarking on nuclear power programmes.
The Summit provided the meaningful platform for discussing the challenges and practical steps in implementing the national HRD roadmap in Turkey. The potential role of ROSATOM-CICE&T in this endeavor was first outlined during the visit of ROSATOM-CICE&T delegation to Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey in 2015. On the sidelines of the Summit the meeting with Mr Ibrahim Halil Dere – the Head of Nuclear Energy Project Implementation Department, Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources was held to cross-check the current status of planning activities.
The project of the first Turkey’s NPP “Akkuyu” is underway in accordance with the intergovernmental agreement signed by the Russian Federation and the Turkish Republic in Ankara on May 12 , 2010. The project provides for four units, each having capacity of 1200 MWe. Akkuyu NPP is a commercial generation 3+ NPP design based on VVER -1200 design of Novovoronezh NPP-2 (Russia, Voronezh).
The Parliament of Turkey adopted amendments to three laws, which greatly simplify obtaining of licensing and authorization documentation. Moreover, Turkish Atomic Energy Authority approved project parameters of Akkuyu NPP site.
It is planned that after completion of the construction Akkuyu NPP will generate about 35 billion kWh per year.
Distinctive feature of the ROSATOM Central Institute For Continuing Education and Training (ROSATOM-CICE&T) is that based on the signed practical arrangements with the IAEA in 2011 the Institute provides training of personnel for nuclear infrastructure of newcomers in accordance with the phase approach (IAEA Milestone Approach) for all 19 issues, which include such issues as “Industrial Involvement” and “Procurement”.