Rusatom Service, a subsidiary of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom, has been contracted to equip a training centre and provide training for staff at the Akkuyu nuclear power plant in Turkey, according to an announcement on Rosatom’s procurement site on 18 June.

The total value of the contract is about $53m, including $11.8m for equipment and $ 41.6m for training services.  Rosatom plans to train 1191 staff and 120 people as a reserve for more than 50 positions from shift managers to electricians for the instrumentation system.

Internship and training of operational personnel will initially take place in Russia at the reference station, Novovoronezh II, or at another Rosenergoatom nuclear plant. The second stage will involve training at the Akkuyu plant. The contract is valid until 31 December 2025.

Akkuyu NPP is being built near Mersin on Turkey’s southern Mediterranean coast for €20bn under an intergovernmental contract signed with Russia in 2010. The station will have four Russian 1200MW VVER units and is being constructed according to a build-own-operate arrangement, with Russia as the plant owner. Rosatom companies now own almost 100% of project company Akkuyu Nuklear.

First concrete was poured in April 2018 for Akkuyu 1, which is scheduled to begin operation in 2023. The first concrete for unit 2 is expected in late summer/early autumn.