As Nigeria gears up for Nuclear energy, Turkey begins construction of maiden nuclear power plant

As Nigeria gears up for Nuclear energy, Turkey begins construction of maiden nuclear power plant

- Nigeria is preparing to diversify its energy mix, with the inclusion of nuclear energy to its electricity grid

- Turkey, on the other hand has formally kick started construction of its maiden nuclear power plant

- The nuclear power plant is being constructed by Rosatom – Russia’s largest electricity generating company

As Nigeria prepares to diversify its energy mix, with the inclusion of nuclear energy to its electricity grid, Turkey, on the other hand has formally kick started construction of its maiden nuclear power plant – the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant.

A ceremony marking the start of construction, took place in the Turkish province of Mersin, on Tuesday, April 3.

Legit.ng gathered that the ceremony was attended by Russian President, Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Erdogan.

As Nigeria gears up for Nuclear energy, Rosatom begins construction of Turkey’s maiden nuclear power plant
Nigerian government signed an agreement with Russia’s Rosatom late last year. Photo credit: State House

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The nuclear power plant is being constructed by Rosatom – Russia’s largest electricity generating company.

Last year, the Nigerian government also signed an agreement with Russia’s Rosatom - on construction and operation of a nuclear power plant and a research center in Nigeria.

Addressing those gathered at the ceremony, President Putin said: “The first power unit of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant is expected to be launched in 2023. Thanks to the Akkuyu project, new, modern, well-paying jobs will appear in Russia and Turkey – along with the development of advanced production capacities and technology.

“The object will use advanced engineering solutions and cost-effective and reliable technologies. The highest safety standards and the most stringent environmental regulations will be observed. I am sure that, in 2023, all of Turkey will feel returns of the energy generated at this high-tech facility.”

Giving his remarks, Turkish President, Recep Erdogan, said the 2023 launch of the nuclear power plant would coincide with the centenary of the Republic of Turkey. “With the commissioning of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant in 2023, Turkey will join the family of countries with nuclear power. Akkuyu will meet 10% of all our electricity needs,” he emphasized.

On his part, Rosatom’s Director General, Alexey Likhachev, informed the gathering: “Rosatom is building in Turkey a cutting edge, tried and tested generation III+ nuclear power plant featuring four power units based on the Russian VVER-1200 design which meets the world’s highest safety standards.”

Legit.ng checks reveals Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant is the largest joint project between Russia and Turkey.

“It is important to emphasize that the project is progressing according to plan in efficient cooperation with our Turkish partners,” he added.

After their opening statements, the leaders of the two countries signed off on the start of construction work and a symbolic button was pressed to mark the pouring of the first concrete into the base of the reactor building of power unit 1 of Turkey’s first nuclear power plant.

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Meanwhile, a Nigerian anti-corruption youth group, the Creative Youth Initiative Against Corruption (CYIAC), has emerged the winner of the Innovative Category of the first UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Action Awards.

Ms Foluke Michael, the Project Director of CYIAC in a statement said the Innovative Category top award was presented to the group in Bonn, Germany by Mr Markus Hipp, the Director, BMW Foundation.

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