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First concrete pouring for Akkuyu-2

Russia has begun pouring first concrete of the second block at the Akkuyu nuclear power station in Turkey, Turkish energy minister Fatih Donmez was quoted as saying.

Mr Donmez was quoted by Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency and Russian state news agency Tass as saying Akkuyu-2 will begin commercial operation in 2024, one year after the scheduled commissioning of the first unit in 2023. First concrete was for Unit 1 in March 2019.

Akkuyu, near Mersin on the country’s southern Mediterranean coast, will be the first commercial nuclear power station in Turkey. It will have four Generation III+ 1,200-MW VVER units supplied by Russia.

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