Russia completes steam generators for Akkuyu and Bangladesh units

02 October 2020

Rosatom has completed the delivery of steam generators for the Akkuyu 1 and Rooppur 1 units under construction in Turkey and Bangladesh. The equipment was produced by Atommash, part of the Volgodonsk branch of Rosatom’s engineering subsidiary AEM Technology.

Arrival of the steam generators for Akkuyu 1 (Image: JSC Akkuyu Nuklear)

The four steam generators for Akkuyu 1, each weighing 355 tonnes, have been unloaded at the Vostochny Cargo Terminal, which is near the seaport of Mersin in southern Turkey, JSC Akkuyu Nuklear said yesterday. The equipment was dispatched from Volgodonsk on August 22 before starting the 3000 journey by sea. A large Liebherr LR 1800 crawler crane was assembled at the Akkuyu construction site to unload the steam generators from the ship.

The Akkuyu plant is expected to generate about 35 terawatt hours of power each year, enough to provide 90% of the annual electricity demand of a large city such as Istanbul, and to meet up to 10% of the electricity needs of the whole of Turkey, which aims to bring unit 1 online in 2023.

Rosatom announced today the dispatch of the last of four steam generators for Rooppur unit 1, which follows the dispatch of the first in August and the next two last month to a special berth. The four steam generators, weighing a total of 1000 tonnes, will be transported by barge to Novorossiysk, from where they will be shipped to Bangladesh. The sea route is about 14,000 kilometres.

Two 1200 MWe (gross) VVER-1200 units are being built at Rooppur, which is on the eastern bank of the river Ganges at Rooppur, 160 km from Dhaka.

Researched and written by World Nuclear News