President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin attended the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant's (NPP) First Nuclear Fuel Delivery Ceremony via video conference on April 28.
"The arrival of nuclear fuel to the plant ground is the final step prior to the commencement of production phase at the Akkuyu NPP. Following the delivery of nuclear fuels by air and sea to our power plant, Akkuyu has now gained the status of a nuclear plant," President Erdoğan said during his address.
Türkiye joined to the league of countries with nuclear power in the world after after a 60-year delay, President Erdoğan added.
President Erdoğan also underlined that the European Commission labelled nuclear energy as green last year, removing any hesitations on the issue, and that the nuclear plant will meet 10 percent of Türkiye's electricity requirement once all reactors have become operational.
With four reactors and a total installed capacity of 4,800 megawatts, the Akkuyu NPP stands out as the largest joint investment between Russia and Türkiye. The NPP's first unit is scheduled to begin operations later this year, with the remainder of the units coming online gradually until 2028.
Source: Presidency of the Republic of Türkiye