The Akkuyu nuclear power plant in Türkiye has received the initial batch of nuclear fuel. Consequently, Türkiye gained the status of a country boasting nuclear energy. The 4.8 GW project, which is expected to be fully operational by 2028, is being built by the Russian state-owned nuclear group Rosatom in the Mersin province on the southern Mediterranean coastline. The two countries signed an intergovernmental agreement in 2010 to build the plant. Akkuyu will feature four Russian-designed VVER generation 3+ reactors, with 1,200 MW capacity each.
The first unit should go online in the first half of 2022. The foundation of the first reactor was laid in April 2018, while the construction of the second, third and fourth units started in June 2020, March 2021 and June 2022, respectively. The three remaining units are due to start operation by the end of 2026, at a rate of one per year, to ultimately have a total installed capacity of 4,800 MW in 2028.