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The reactor vessel for unit 1 of the NPP "Akkuyu" was tested

The reactor vessel for unit 1 of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant under construction in Turkey with the participation of Russia, has successfully passed the hydraulic tests have confirmed the reliability of this product and its readiness for future exploitation, reported the press service of the machine-building division of Rosatom Atomenergomash.

Tests were conducted by the manufacturer of the reactor of the plant "Atommash" (Volgodonsk, Rostov region). "For the responsible of the final stage in the manufacture of the reactor vessel uses a special underground stand – caisson. He put the support ring, on which a crane with a lifting capacity of 600 tons was installed in the design position of the reactor vessel and shut down process lid. Hydraulic tests conducted in accordance with special technology, in which the reactor vessel was created maximum pressure (24,5 megapascals) above the operating pressure by 1.4 times," - said in the message.

According to the Director of Atommash OJSC Rovshan Abbasov, preparation for hydraulic testing of the reactor vessel were in the difficult conditions of quarantine restrictions due to coronavirus infection. Despite this, the specialists of "Atommash" has provided accurate and quality performance of all necessary operations. "Hydraulic tests have confirmed the strength of the base metal and welded joints of the reactor vessel, the readiness of the product to work at the station during its lifetime to 60 years," said Abbas, whose words are reported.

Of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant - the first nuclear power plant under construction in Turkey. The project NPP "Akkuyu" includes four power units with reactors of Russian design VVER-1200 generation 3 . The capacity of each reactor will be 1200 MW. To date, the project is fully financed by the Russian side. NPP "Akkuyu" is the first project in the world nuclear industry, implemented on the model of build-own-operate - "build-own-operate". The project cost about 20 billion dollars. The construction of the first unit of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant began in 2018, it is also building the second unit.