Rosatom Director General Alexey Likhachev told Russia-24 television regarding the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant, “The construction work of the first unit is ahead of the delivery date determined in the intergovernmental agreement. In its construction, both the Russian construction personnel and the Turkish contractors were very heavily active. In the last year and a half, construction work has not stopped for a day or even an hour in the difficult conditions of the pandemic.”
Likhachev added that they took very strict measures from the very beginning against the possibility of the spread of the coronavirus among the plant personnel.
‘Flagship Of Russian-Turkish Cooperation’
The Rosatom Director General described the joint work in Akkuyu as the “flagship of Russian-Turkish cooperation” and noted that they hope this cooperation will continue for decades.
These statements by Alexey Likhachev followed President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s statement that the first unit of the power plant will be completed in May 2023.
The intergovernmental agreement on the construction of the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant was signed in 2010. The project was carried out by Akkuyu Nuclear Inc. Rosatom, the Russian nuclear power company, owns more than 99 percent of the shares in question.After the power plant is completed, it will produce approximately 35 billion kilowatts of energy per year.