Visit to Ankara, Turkey, 19-20 February 2014

<br><br><p></p><p>An IAEA-led team of international experts had reviewed Turkey’s programme for introducing nuclear power in the country’s energy mix. The experts, assembled at Turkey's request by the IAEA, conducted an Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) mission in Turkey from 4 to 14 November 2013.<br><br>(Photo: MENR)</p> <p></p><p><br> 
On 20 February 2014, Alexander Bychkov, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Energy, delivered the final report of this INIR mission to the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources (MENR), Mr Metin Kilic.
<br><br>From left: Necati Yamac, Head of Nuclear Power Implementation Department, MENR; Ilker Sert, Deputy Undersecretary, MENR; DDG Bychkov; Undersecretary Metin Kilic; and Anne Starz, Acting Section Head, IAEA Nuclear Infrastructure Development Section.

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				<p></p><p><br>DDG Alexander Bychkov presents the INIR mission report to Undersecretary Metin Kilic. The report concludes that Turkey has made important progress in developing its infrastructure for a nuclear power programme and that strong government support for the project is evident, with effective mechanisms for coordination among the individual institutions. 

The report makes 24 recommendations and 15 suggestions to assist the national authorities in further preparing the infrastructure necessary for the project.
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				<p></p><p><br>While in Ankara, DDG Alexander Bychkov and Ms Anne Starz held discussions with Mr Halil Alis, General Manager of Turkey’s Electricity Generation Company EUAS (left), and Mr Mehmet Bicer, Deputy General Manager (middle). 
<br><br>Turkey decided to include nuclear power in its energy mix to meet the increasing demand for electricity and support its economic development. The share of nuclear power in Turkish electricity generation is aimed to reach 10 per cent by 2023. 

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				<p></p><p><br>During the visit, DDG Bychkov also gave a lecture at Hacettepe University on 19 February 2014, speaking about the IAEA’s activities in the area of nuclear power and fuel cycle. He was hosted by Prof. Dr. H. Okan Zabunoglu, Head of the Nuclear Engineering Department, and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sule Ergun.
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				<p></p><p><br>Assoc. Prof. Sule Ergun presented the Hacettepe University’s activities to prepare the national workforce for the new nuclear power programme to DDG Bychkov and Ms Starz. <br><br>Turkey has decided to construct its first NPP at the Akkuyu site as a Build-Own-Operate (BOO) project with the Russian Federation.</p><br>
				
				(Photo: Hacettepe University)
				<br><br><b>Text:</b> E.Dyck<br><b>Design: </b> A.Ovtcharov 
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