Russia plans to launch 1st unit of Akkuyu soon: Putin
- All work on the project is being carried out in strict accordance with the schedule, says Putin

Russia expects to launch the first unit of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant shortly as per the project's schedule, Russian President Vladimir Putin said after talks with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan Thursday evening.

Erdogan and Putin met in the Turkish capital Ankara to discuss bilateral and regional issues.

According to Russian news agency Tass, Putin said that Akkuyu may launch soon and added, "Naturally, this would require a coordinated effort from us and our Turkish partners, including timely issuance of all the necessary permissions, documents and licenses."

Putin said that all work on the project is being carried out in strict accordance with the schedule.

The Turkish President also hailed the other Turkish/Russian collaborative project, the TurkStream natural gas pipeline project along with the Akkuyu project as important.

Russia's State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom plans to construct Turkey's first nuclear power plant, Akkuyu, in the country's southern province of Mersin on the Mediterranean coast.

The plant will have a capacity of 4,800 megawatts in four units and a working life of 8,000 hours per year.

In the first phase of construction, two units with a capacity of 2,400 megawatts are planned.

Construction of the plant is estimated to start in 2018. It has an operational date set for the first reactor by 2023 while the plant is expected to be up and running at full capacity by 2025.

By Murat Temizer

Anadolu Agency

29 Sep,2017