INIR Mission to Turkey Commences

Opening meeting of the INIR Mission to Turkey.
(Photo: MENR)

2013-11-04│ An Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) mission, invited by the Government of Turkey, has begun its work today in Ankara. The two-week mission will review Turkey's progress in developing a national infrastructure for the country's new nuclear power programme.

Turkey decided to include nuclear power in its energy mix to meet the increasing demand for electricity and support its economic development. The country has two projects to build nuclear power plants at Akkuyu with the Russian Federation and at Sinop with Japan. The share of nuclear power in Turkish electricity generation is aimed to reach at least 10 per cent by 2023.

The INIR Mission team is led by J.K. Park, Director of the IAEA Division of Nuclear Power, and consists of IAEA staff from the Departments of Nuclear Energy, Nuclear Safety and Security, Safeguards and Technical Cooperation, the IAEA Office of Legal Affairs and international experts recruited by the IAEA in consultation with Turkey.

"The INIR mission comes very timely now, as Turkey is moving fast ahead with its plans for nuclear power", said Mr Park. "The outcome of the mission will help Turkey develop the nuclear infrastructure needed for successful implementation of its nuclear power programme."

The mission team will be working closely with Turkish counterparts from all organizations involved in building the national nuclear infrastructure. The meeting will be hosted at the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources (MENR).

Based on Turkey's Self-Evaluation Report, submitted to the IAEA earlier in 2013, the mission team will review in particular the development status of the 19 infrastructure issues as defined in the Agency’s publication 'Milestones in the Development of a National Infrastructure for Nuclear Power', identify any areas that may need further actions and provide recommendations and suggestions to Turkey regarding its infrastructure development.

The INIR mission is funded by the Government of Turkey and a Regional IAEA Technical Cooperation Project on 'Enhancing Nuclear Power Infrastructures for Countries Considering Developing or Expanding Nuclear Power Programmes' (RER2/007).

Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review

Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review missions provide IAEA Member State representatives with an opportunity to have in-depth discussions with international experts about experiences and best practices in different countries. In developing its recommendations, the INIR team takes into account the comments made by the relevant national organizations. Implementation of any of the team's recommendations is at the discretion of the Member State requesting the mission. The results of the INIR mission are expected to help the Member State to develop an action plan to fill any gaps, which in turn will help the development of the national nuclear infrastructure.

Related Resources

INIR: Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review Missions; Guidance on Preparing and Conducting INIR Missions (Rev. 1, 2011)

Milestones in the Development of a National Infrastructure for Nuclear Power (NE Series NG-G-3.1)

IAEA Support for Turkey’s Nuclear Power Programme (14 November 2012)

Preparing an INIR mission to Turkey (18 January 2013)

Turkey is Ready to Host INIR Mission (28 August 2013)