Another critical corner is being passed. Today is the big day at the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant, which will take Turkey to the next level in energy. The plant will receive nuclear fuel.
All eyes will be on the ceremony to bring in fresh fuel to signal the start-up of the plant.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will attend the ceremony in Mersin via videoconference.
Fuel Rods Will Be Used To Generate Electricity For 1.5 Years
The fuel rods to be brought to Turkey will be used in electricity generation for 1.5 years after the Akkuyu NPP becomes operational. Nuclear fuel rods that have completed their useful life will first be cooled in a pool prepared in the reactor area. They will then be stored in a specially prepared place.
During the period of use with the fuel rods, electricity will be generated from heat equivalent to the energy obtained from 124,500 wagons of coal, without emitting carbon dioxide.
‘Akkuyu’ Will Reduce Foreign Dependence
Akkuyu NPP, which will consist of 4 units, each with a 1200 megawatt VVER-1200 type “III+” generation reactor, will have a total installed capacity of 4,800 megawatts.
The power plant, which will generate approximately 35 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity annually when fully operational, is expected to meet 10 percent of Turkey’s electricity demand on its own.