TURKEY

(Updated 2020)

PREAMBLE

This report provides information on the status and development of the nuclear power programme in Turkey, including factors related to the effective planning, decision making and implementation of the nuclear power programme that together lead to safe and economical operations of nuclear power plants.

The CNPP summarizes organizational and industrial aspects of nuclear power programmes and provides information about the relevant legislative, regulatory and international framework in Turkey.

At present, there is no nuclear power plant (NPP) in operation in Turkey. However, Turkey is considering embarking on a nuclear power programme and is planning to install three NPPs, to include 12 nuclear power reactor units. The first nuclear power plant (Akkuyu NPP), is expected to comprise four units of WWER-1200 type reactors; it will be constructed and operated in Mersin Province under the agreement signed with the Russian Federation in 2010. The construction of the first unit of Akkuyu NPP formally launched on 3 April 2018. It is planned that the first unit of Akkuyu NPP will be in operation by the end of 2023. The other units will be put into commercial operation at one year intervals until the end of 2026. Other NPPs will be in operation by 2035. The second nuclear plant (Sinop NPP) will be constructed and operated in Sinop Province. The site selection process for the third nuclear plant is still ongoing.

1. COUNTRY ENERGY OVERVIEW

1.1. ENERGY INFORMATION

1.1.1. Energy policy

Overaching Turkish energy policy focuses on assuring the supply of energy in a reliable, sufficient, timely manner. Energy and electricity production are to be obtained in economical and clean terms, and in such a way as to support and orient targeted growth and social development. Prepared by the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources (MENR), the National Energy and Mining Policy of Turkey has developed plans in line with three considerations: security of supply, indigenous production and potential projections of the foreseeable market.

  1. The main aims of security of supply are to achieve diversification of energy resources and markets, sustainability and reliability of resource transfer, and a reduction in the cost of imported energy products. Security of supply is also closely related to a strong economy and national security. The issue of security of supply is discussed under five headings: diversification of energy resources and supplier countries, natural gas and oil storage facilities, capacity to provide natural gas to the system, energy delivery infrastructure and energy efficiency.

  2. Indigenous energy production using national resources is important in achieving energy independence. In this regard, indigenization is critically important for Turkey to add a new dimension to its policies and strategies to reduce the country’s dependence on imports. Many public and private sector institutions and organizations, in particular the MENR, are expending efforts to increase the use of national energy resources. In order to decrease Turkey’s dependence on imported energy, there are plans to increase the use of renewable energy resources, domestic coal and nuclear energy, and to tap into domestic oil and natural gas reserves.

  3. Turkey intends to improve its electricity market and build up a proper natural gas market, restructure institutions in the energy sector and rehabilitate the infrastructure of the energy supply. The National Energy and Mining Policy reveals several strategies and objectives in order to create a more foreseeable, transparent and investor friendly energy market. In recent years, a series of major energy projects have been signed and these projects will contribute to Turkey’s goal of having a greater role as an energy trading hub.

Policy issues related to energy are within the responsibility of the MENR. Energy planning studies, taking into account short, medium and long term policies and measures, are carried out by the MENR within the framework of the above listed objectives.

Although conventional resources exist in Turkey, these resources are not sufficient to meet the projected growth in energy demand, except for lignite and hydro. To date, around 72% of energy demand is met through imports. Energy planning studies indicate that Turkey’s energy demand will continue to increase in parallel with economic development, industrialization and urbanization. In this context, Turkey has intensified efforts at further diversification in primary energy sources, imports (diversifying in both type and origin), technologies and infrastructures, while accelerating the production and utilization of remaining domestic resources potential and efficiency gains along the energy supply–demand chain.

Turkey became a party to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 2004, based on the principle of “common but differentiated responsibilities”. The law regarding the accession of Turkey to the UNFCCC was adopted by the Turkish Grand National Assembly in October 2003 and entered into force on 24 May 2004. Studies are underway for the first National Communication to be submitted to the UNFCCC Secretariat. The Kyoto Protocol was ratified by the Turkish Parliament on 5 February 2009. Improvement of energy efficiency, greater utilization of renewable sources, deployment of clean coal technologies and the introduction of nuclear power are among the main strategies involved in addressing the challenges within the energy–environment linkage.

In order to meet the increasing energy demand without disruption, Turkey continues to develop policies to meet a considerable part of its energy demand by increasing power generation from domestic resources, enabling energy markets to gain depth.

1.1.2. Estimated available energy

Available energy sources are shown in Table 1.

TABLE 1. ESTIMATED AVAILABLE ENERGY SOURCES

  Fossil Fuels Nuclear Renewables
Solid Liquid Gas Uranium Thorium Hydro
Geothermal
Wind Solar
Units Mt Mt Bm3 metric tonnes metric tonnes TWh/y TWh/y TWh/y TWh/y
Total 12 615 45.2 6.7 9 129 380 000 160 12* 153 380

Hydro and other renewable (geothermal, solar and wind) values given as their maximum available potentials.

* Geothermal potential is equal to 0.0072 TW(e).

Source: Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources.

1.1.3. Energy statistics

Historical energy data are shown in Table 2.

TABLE 2. ENERGY STATISTICS

Average annual growth rate (%)
1980 1990 2000 2005 2010 2015 2016 2017 2018 2000–2018
(EJ) Energy consumption**
- Total 1.34 2.22 3.33 3.71 4.43 5.41 5.70 6.08 6.02 3.3
- Solids*** 0.62 0.98 1.28 1.23 1.57 1.69 1.86 1.89 1.97 2.4
- Liquids 0.67 1.00 1.36 1.35 1.25 1.64 1.64 1.73 1.62 1.0
- Gases 0 0.12 0.52 0,94 1.32 1.66 1.61 1.86 1.72 6.9
- Nuclear 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  0 0 0
- Hydro 0.04 0.08 0.11 0.14 0.19 0.24 0.24 0.21 0.22 3.9
- Other renewables 0.03 0.02 0.04 0.06 0.11 0.28 0.35 0.41 0.49 14.9
Energy production
- Total 0.73 1.06 1.11 1.01 1.32 1.30 1.48 1.48 1.66 2.3
- Solids 0.58 0.78 0.81 0.68 0.89 0.65 0.76 0.74 0.82 0.1
- Liquids 0.10 0.16 0.12 0.10 0.11 0.11 0.11 0.11 0.13 0.4
- Gases 0 0.01 0.02 0.03 0.02 0.01 0.01 0.01 0.02 0
- Nuclear 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
- Hydro 0.04 0.08 0.11 0.14 0.19 0.24 0.24 0.21 0.22 3.9
- Other renewables 0.03 0.02 0.04 0.06 0.11 0.28 0.35 0.41 0.49 14.9
Net import (Import–Export) 0.62 1.20 2.24 2.75 3.21 4.38 4.43 4.88 4,59 4.1
- Total

* Lastest available data

** Energy consumption = Primary energy consumption + Net import (Import–Export) of secondary energy.

*** Solid fuels includes coal, lignite petrocoke and biomass

Source: Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources.

1.2. THE ELECTRICITY SYSTEM

1.2.1. Electricity system and decision making process

In parallel with economic growth and social development, electricity demand has shown a significant increase over the past decades, reaching 303.7 TWh by the end of 2019.

Turkey has coal (mostly lignite) and hydro resources for electricity generation (Fig. 1). The share of domestic resources for electricity generation was 61.71% in 2019. Turkey attaches utmost importance to the utilization of the remaining potential, with due regard, to cope with the risks stemming from import dependency. Integration of nuclear power plants into the Turkish electricity grid is also being considered as an essential tool to enhance supply security, while strengthening greenhouse gas emission mitigation efforts.

The Electricity Market Law (Law No. 6446) was enacted in 2013 in order to conduct market operating activities in a more effective way. In addition, a new corporation, the Energy Markets Operating Corporation (EPIAS), was introduced under this new law, creating a formal electricity wholesale market as well. Since April 2015, EPIAS is the new operator of the wholesale market for electricity which includes the day-ahead market and a continuous intraday market since July 2015.

The Turkish transmission network has cross-border lines to the electricity grids of all its neighbouring countries. However, Turkey is synchronously connected only to Greece and Bulgaria.

The goals of the National Energy and Mining Policy regarding electricity generation can be summarized as follows:

  • To increase domestic energy production;

  • To increase the share of renewable energy in total energy production to at least 30% (this goal has already been achieved by the end of 2019 with a total renewables share, including hydro, to reach 43.9% in total elecricity generation);

  • To increase the share of nuclear power plants in electricity generation to at least 10%.

FIG. 1. Electricity generation distribution, depending on energy sources (as of the end of 2019).

1.2.2. Structure of electric power section

The MENR is the main body of the Turkish energy sector and is responsible for the preparation and implementation of energy policies, plans and programmes, in coordination with its dependent and related institutions and other public and private entities. The Ministry is responsible for monitoring and taking measures regarding the security of the electricity supply.

The Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA) is the regulator of the electricity, natural gas, downstream petroleum and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) products markets. EMRA is responsible for granting licences for activities in the gas and electricity markets for generation (including electricity generated from renewable sources), transmission, distribution, wholesale, retail, import and export.

The Electricity Generation Company (EÜAS) is the state owned generation company responsible for the operation of existing power plants owned by the public.

The Turkish Electricity Transmission Company (TEIAS) is the transmission system operator and is responsible for planning, installing and operating the transmission grid, for providing system security such that transmission constraints will be minimized, and for preparing generation capacity projection and the 20 Year Long Term Electricity Generation Development Plan.

Within the context of the Decree Law No. 703 published in the Official Gazette No. 30473 (bis) of 9 July 2018, Turkish Electricity Trading and Contracting Co. (TETAS) and Electricity Generation Company (EÜAS) unified under the structure of EÜAS and duties, authorities and responsibilities of former TETAS are now being performed by EÜAS.

Distribution companies: Twenty-one distribution companies with their own geographical region are all legally unbundled and privatized through transfer of operating rights contracts. The ownership of the distribution network asset remains with the state (with TEDAS as the holding company)

1.2.3. Main indicators

Electricity production, consumption and capacity are shown in Table 3, and energy related ratios are shown in Table 4.

TABLE 3. ELECTRICITY PRODUCTION, CONSUMPTION AND CAPACITY

 
Average annual growth rate (%)
  1980 1990 2000 2010 2015 2017 2018 2019 2010–2019*
Capacity of electrical plants (GW(e))
Thermal 2.99 9.54 16.05 32.28 41.9 46.93 46.91 47.66 4.4
Hydro 2.13 6.76 11.18 15.83 25.87 27.27 28.29 28.50 6.8
Nuclear
Wind+Geothermal+Solar 0.02 0.04 1.41 5.38 11 13.35 15.10 30.1
Total 5.12 16.32 27.26 49.52 73.15 85.2 88.55 91.27 7
Electricity production (TWh)
Thermal 11.93 34.32 93.93 155.83 179.37 212.14 209.68 175.08 1.3
Hydro 11.35 23.15 30.88 51.80 67.15 58.22 59.94 88.89 6.2
Nuclear
Wind+Geothermal+Solar 0.08 0.11 3.58 15.27 26.92 35.18 40.29 30.8
Total 23.28 57.54 124.92 211.21 261.78 297.28 304.80 304.25 4.1
Total electricity consumption (TWh) 24.62 56.81 128.28 210.43 265.72 296.70 304.17 303.67 4.2

* Electricity transmission losses are not deducted.

Source: Turkish Electricity Transmission Company and Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources.

TABLE 4. ENERGY RELATED RATIOS

1980 1990 2000 2005 2008 2010 2015 2016 2017 2018*
Energy consumption per capita (GJ/capita) 30.12 39.94 49.86 51.51 61.04 59.90 68.66 71.46 75.28 73.31
Electricity consumption per capita (kWh/capita) (gross) 550 1006 1982 2335 2770 2854 3375 3499 3672 3709
Electricity production/Energy production (%) 11.5 19.7 40.60 57.47 59.33 57.55 72.77 66.71 72.31 66.07
Nuclear/Total electricity (%)
Ratio of external dependency (%)** 45.7.1 52.1 66.7 72.66 72.03 70.19 76.04 74.03 5.67 72.38

* Electricity transmission losses are not deducted.

—: data not available.

Source: Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources.

2. NUCLEAR POWER SITUATION

2.1. HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT AND CURRENT ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

2.1.1. Overview

Since 1970, Turkey has had plans in place to establish nuclear power generation capabilities. In order to meet the increasing domestic demand for energy and reduce its dependence on energy imports, various initiatives were undertaken in the past to build Turkey’s NPP.

Regarding the nuclear history of Turkey, studies to build an NPP in Turkey started in 1965. Later, between 1967 and 1970, a feasibility study was undertaken by a foreign consulting company to build a 300–400 MW NPP. This plant would have been in operation in 1977. However, the project did not come to fruition because of problems related to site selection, among other reasons.

In 1973, the Turkish Electricity Authority (TEK) decided to build an 80 MW(e) prototype plant. However, in 1974, the project was cancelled because it could have delayed the construction of a greater capacity NPP. Instead of this prototype plant, TEK decided to build a 600 MW(e) NPP in southern Turkey.

Site selection studies were made in 1974 and 1975, and the Gulnar–Akkuyu location was found suitable for the construction of the first NPP. In 1976, the Atomic Energy Commission granted a site licence for Akkuyu. In 1977, a bid was prepared, and the ASEA-ATOM and STAL-LAVAL companies were awarded the contract. Contract negotiations continued until 1980. However, in September 1980, the withdrawal of a loan guarantee led to the project’s cancellation.

A third attempt was made in 1980. Three companies were awarded the contract to build four nuclear power plants: one Canada deuterium–uranium (CANDU) reactor unit by Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL), one pressurized water reactor unit by Kraftwerk Union AG (KWU) in Akkuyu, and two boiling water reactor units by General Electric in Sinop. Due to Turkey’s request to apply the build–operate–transfer (BOT) model, KWU resigned from the bid. Although AECL accepted the BOT model, it insisted upon a governmental guarantee of the BOT credit. The Turkish government refused to give such a guarantee, and consequently the project was cancelled.

In 1993, the Supreme Council for Science and Technology identified nuclear electricity generation as the project of third highest priority for the country. In view of this decision, the Turkish Electricity Generation and Transmission Company (TEAS) included a nuclear power plant project in its 1993 investment programme. In 1995, TEAS selected the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) as the consultant for the preparation of the bid specifications. The bid process started in 1996. Three consortia (AECL, Nuclear Power International and Westinghouse) offered proposals in 1997.

In July 2000, after a series of delays, the government decided to postpone the project.

Following this delay, the Law on Construction and Operation of Nuclear Power Plants and the Sale of Energy Generated (Law No. 5710) was ratified; it entered into force on 21 November 2007.

The Regulation Regarding the Principles, Procedures, and Incentives for the Contracts and the Contest that will be made within the context of the Law on the Construction and Operation of Nuclear Power Plants and the Sale of the Energy Generated was published in the Official Gazette on 19 March 2008. The purpose of the regulation is to regulate the procedures and principles regarding the construction and operation of NPPs for electrical energy production, and to regulate energy sales.

In accordance with this, the Turkish Energy, Nuclear and Mining Research Authority (TENMAK) issued a set of criteria that establish general principles to ideally be met by investors.

A competition for construction and operation of NPPs and energy sale was held on 24 September 2008 by the TETAS for the construction of NPP units on the Akkuyu site.

Only one consortium bid for the competition. After evaluating the technical documents provided by the consortium, TENMAK announced, on 19 December 2008, that the proposed NPP met TENMAK ’s criteria.

The last envelope provided by the consortium on 24 September 2008, including the energy sale unit price, was opened by TETAS on 19 January 2009. After assessment, the competition performed on 24 September 2008 was canceled by TETAS on 20 November 2009.

2.1.1.1. Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant

Direct negotiations with the Russian Federation to build an NPP on the Akkuyu site in Turkey started in February 2010 and concluded with an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) based on a build–own–operate (BOO) model. The agreement was signed on 12 May 2010. It aims to build nuclear capacity in Turkey through mutual cooperation, ranging from NPP construction and operation in Akkuyu–Mersin, to decommissioning.

For the implementation phase of the project, the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant Electricity Generation Joint Stock Company (Akkuyu Project Company or APC) was established on 13 December 2010. On 7 February 2011, TENMAK recognized APC as the owner, according to the Decree on Licensing of Nuclear Installations. Akkuyu NPP Electricity Generation JSC was renamed and registered as Akkuyu Nuclear JSC in September 2014.

In 2011, the Akkuyu site, with the existing site licence, was given to APC. Then, APC started site investigations in Akkuyu to update site characteristics and parameters, according to the national procedures laid out in the Decree on Licensing of Nuclear Installations. In May 2012, APC submitted an updated site report (USR) to TENMAK . A review and assessment were conducted by TENMAK, its Advisory Committee on Nuclear Safety and the IAEA, and a positive decision for the USR was given in December 2013. Then, a site parameters report (SPR) was submitted to TENMAK in November 2014. The updated SPR (Rev. 2), which addresses the site licence’s validity, was submitted to TENMAK in December 2015. The report was updated according to TENMAK’s evaluation findings. The SPR (Rev. 4), which was presented by Akkuyu Nuclear JSC and which includes the results of detailed site investigations performed at the NPP site and the precise values of the project parameters, was approved by TENMAK on 9 February 2017.

On 3 March 2017, Akkuyu Nuclear JSC applied to TENMAK for a construction licence for Akkuyu NPP Unit 1 and was awarded a limited work permit on 20 October 2017. Under this permit, APC began construction of that part of the building and infrastructure unrelated to nuclear safety, such as the port, road and personnel buildings. After reviewing the licence application documents, TENMAK issued the construction licence on 2 April 2018. With this licence, APC started on construction of nuclear safety related buildings and infrastructures, such as a reactor or turbine buildings. On 3 April 2018, construction of the first unit of Akkuyu NPP formally launched with the pouring of concrete for the sub-base foundation of the nuclear island.

APC applied to the Ministry of the Environment and Urbanism (MOEU) for an environmental impact assessment (EIA) on 2 December 2011 and submitted the EIA to MOEU on 6 December 2013. An affirmative decision was given on 1 December 2014.

APC obtained an electricity generation licence for 49 years from EMRA on 15 June 2017. In addition, APC and TETAS signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) on 30 December 2017.

On 2 December 2019, the connection agreement between APC and TEIAS was signed. Within the framework of the agreement, the power generated by Akkuyu NPP will be transmitted from the Akkuyu NPP switchgear via 400 kV power lines to six transformer substations that are part of Turkey’s unified energy system. The total length of the high voltage lines that will be built as part of the Akkuyu NPP power distribution scheme will exceed 1000 km. The execution of the transmission grid connection agreement is an essential requirement of the Turkish Electricity Market Law and a number of other regulatory and legal acts of the Republic of Turkey. All the power lines to be connected to Akkuyu NPP will be built and maintained by the TEIAS. Fundamental aspects of the IGA to build and operate a nuclear power plant on the Akkuyu site in Turkey include the following:

  • The Russian party established a joint stock project company in Turkey initially with a 100% share.

  • The Turkish party allocated Akkuyu site to the project company free of charge until the decommissioning of the NPP. Other additional land shall also be allocated free of charge if required.

  • The Russian party’s share will never be below 51% at any time (and the Government of the Russian Federation will be the guarantor of the project).

  • APC will be the owner of the NPP.

  • The general contractor will be JSC Atomstroyexport (ASE).

  • The Russian party shall provide funding to ASE for the construction of the NPPs.

  • The 15 year PPA will be awarded to APC for:

    • 70% of the electricity generated by Units 1 and 2;

    • 30% of the electricity generated by Units 3 and 4.

  • Generated electricity shall be bought by TETAS through a PPA for 15 years at USD $0.1235/kW?h (fixed price, no escalation) on weighted average.

  • In case of less production than the volume stipulated in the PPA, APC shall fulfill its obligations by providing the missing electricity.

  • Nuclear fuel shall be sourced from suppliers based on long term agreements entered into between APC and the suppliers.

  • Subject to separate agreements that may be agreed by the parties, spent nuclear fuel of Russian origin may be reprocessed in the Russian Federation.

  • APC is responsible for decommissioning and waste management for the NPP. Within this framework, APC will make the necessary payments to relevant funds.

  • For the PPA period:

    • USD $0.0015/kW?h shall be paid for spent fuel and radioactive waste management;

    • USD $0.0015/kW?h shall be paid for decommissioning.

  • With regard to electricity sold outside the framework of the PPA, APC will make necessary payments to relevant funds stipulated by the applicable Turkish laws and regulations.

  • Turkish companies and citizens will be included in the project to the extent possible.

  • The project will be subject to all applicable laws, regulations and codes in Turkey. All necessary licences, permits and approvals from related governmental organizations shall be obtained by APC.

2.1.1.2. Sinop Nuclear Power Plant

Electricity Generation Joint Stock Company (EUAS) is a state owned company and the largest electricity generation company in Turkey. EUAS operates the existing hydraulic and thermal power plants, including their maintenance, repair and rehabilitation. EUAS has been given the role of the state operating organization for NPPs that are owned and operated by the state (as a whole owner or shareholder).

EUAS applied to TENMAK as an owner on 2 August 2012. EUAS was recognized by TENMAK as an owner on 22 August 2012. After being recognized as an owner by TENMAK, EUAS initiated the preparation of the site report for the Sinop NPP in order to obtain a site licence in accordance with TENMAK regulations.

The MENR negotiated with candidate vendor countries (such as Canada, China, Japan, Republic of Korea). An agreement between the Government of the Republic of Turkey and the Government of Japan on Cooperation for Development of Nuclear Power Plants and the Nuclear Power Industry in the Republic of Turkey was signed on 3 May 2013. This agreement entered into force on 31 of July 2015 after completion of diplomatic procedures.

EUAS International Incorporated Cell Company (EUAS International ICC) was established on Jersey Island in 2016 as an international private nuclear company of EUAS.

Having applied for an EIA, EUAS International ICC organized a public participation meeting on 6 February 2018. The EIA report was prepared by EUAS International ICC, and this report was submitted to the Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NDK) by MOEU on 14 November 2019 for review of radiological impacts. Having completed the review, NDK sent the review report to MOEU on 9 December 2019. The EIA process is still ongoing.

In the context of the Sinop project, feasibility studies and development of a feasibility report for site suitability evaluation and financial model development were completed in June 2018. According to review of the feasibility report by MENR, it was decided to postpone the project with Japan due to outcomes of the feasibility report, and Turkey is seeking other possible avenues.

2.1.1.3. Third nuclear power plant

Currently, site selection studies and negotiations are ongoing for the third NPP project.

2.1.2. Current organizational chart

The organizational structure of Turkey’s nuclear power plant projects is shown in Fig. 2. The MENR is the main body of the Turkish energy sector. It is responsible for the preparation and implementation of energy policies, plans and programmes, in coordination with its dependent and related institutions and with other public and private entities.

The EMRA was established by Laws No. 4628 and 4646. The Law on the Electricity Market, published in the Official Gazette on 3 March 2001, was enacted to unbundle electricity market activities, enable progress into a liberalized electricity market and provide fair and transparent market regulation.

Until mid-2018, TENMAK was the regulatory body of Turkey. After that time, the regulatory activities of TENMAK were transferred to the Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NDK), which has undertaken the regulatory activities concerning facilities (including nuclear power plants), devices, substances and activities related to nuclear energy and ionizing radiation as the regulatory authority of Turkey.

An independent nuclear regulatory body, the NDK, as well as a national nuclear technical support organisation, Nuclear Technical Support Incorporated Company (NÜTED), were established in 2019, based on the Statutory Decree Law No. 702 enacted in 2018.

TENMAK conducts experimental and theoretical studies at its research centres and collaborates in projects with universities and other related organizations. The research infrastructure at the Cekmece Nuclear Research and Training Center of TENMAK (ÇNAEM) is especially devoted to research and development activities addressing issues for nuclear reactor and fuel technology.

The MOEU has jurisdiction for making environmental assessment reports for power plants, including nuclear power plants.

The Electricity Generation Company (EUAS) is responsible for electricity wholesale sales and purchases.

The TEIAS is the transmission system operator and is responsible for planning, installing and operating the transmission grid.

FIG. 2 .Organizational structure of Turkey’s nuclear power plant projects.

2.2. NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS: OVERVIEW

There are no nuclear power plants in operation or being decommissioned. The first two units of the Akkuyu NPP are under construction.

2.3. FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF NUCLEAR POWER SECTOR

Integration of nuclear energy into the Turkish energy supply will be one of the major means of decreasing the risks emerging from dependence on imported fuels by satisfying the increasing electric energy demand. MENR targets call for the share of NPPs in electricity generation to reach at least 5% by the end of 2023.

According to an agreement with the Russian Federation, four units with WWER-1200 type reactors, each with a capacity of 1200 MW, will be constructed on the Akkuyu site. The total installed capacity of Akkuyu NPP will be 4800 MW(e) and the lifetime of each unit is 60 years. It is expected that the first unit of the Akkuyu NPP will be put into operation in 2023 and other units at one year intervals until the end of 2026 (Table 5).

It is planned to start the commercial operation of other NPPs until the year of 2035.

TABLE 5. PLANNED NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS

Station/Project name Type Capacity Construction start year Expected commercial year
Akkuyu NPP — 1 WWER-1200 1200 MW(e) 2018 2023
Akkuyu NPP — 2 WWER-1200 1200 MW(e) 2020 2024
Akkuyu NPP — 3 WWER-1200 1200 MW(e) 2021 expected 2025
Akkuyu NPP — 4 WWER-1200 1200 MW(e) 2022 expected 2026
Sinop NPP — 1 N/A N/A N/A By 2035
Sinop NPP — 2 N/A N/A N/A
Sinop NPP — 3 N/A N/A N/A
Sinop NPP — 4 N/A N/A N/A
3rd NPP — 1 N/A N/A N/A
3rd NPP — 2 N/A N/A N/A
3rd NPP — 3 N/A N/A N/A
3rd NPP — 4 N/A N/A N/A

2.4. ORGANIZATIONS INVOLVED IN CONSTRUCTION OF NPPs

The Akkuyu NPP construction project is the world’s first nuclear power plant project implemented on the BOO (build–own–operate) principle. Under the long term contract, APC assumes obligations for designing, constructing, maintaining, operating and decommissioning the plant.

On 23 July 2019, an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract between APC and a joint venture between the Russian Concern TITAN-2 JSC and the Turkish IC Içtas Construction JSC was signed. The EPC contract provides for the full cycle of works related to the construction of the main part of the NPP facilities, which allows applying a holistic approach in terms of design, engineering, supply of equipment, quality control and safety of construction works, and project implementation schedule.

2.5. ORGANIZATIONS INVOLVED IN OPERATION OF NPPs

For the implementation phase of the project, Akkuyu Nuclear JSC (formerly Akkuyu Nuclear Electricity Generation JSC), was established on 13 December 2010. On 7 February 2011, TENMAK (it was former nuclear regulatory body) recognized APC as the owner, according to the Decree on Licensing of Nuclear Installations. APC then renamed and registered as Akkuyu Nuclear JSC (Akkuyu Project Company, APC) in September 2014.

According to the IGA, Russian companies will initially own 100% of APC and retain the majority stake during the lifetime of the project (51%). Turkish and third country investors can join the project and acquire up to 49% of the APC at any stage of its implementation. Current shareholders of APC are given in Table 6.

TABLE 6. SHAREHOLDERS OF APC (AKKUYU NPP ELECTRICITY GENERATION JSC)

Shareholders
Share percentage of APC
REIN (Rusatom Energy International)
74.915%
OJSC Concern Rosenergoatom
21.948%
JSC Atomstroyexport
2.267%
JSC Inter RAO
0.820%
JSC Atomenergoremont
0.025%
JSC Atomtechenergo
0.025%
TOTAL
100%

2.6. ORGANIZATIONS INVOLVED IN DECOMMISSIONING OF NPPs

According to the agreement with the Russian Federation, APC will be responsible for decommissioning the Akkuyu NPP. In addition, APC will make the necessary payments to the national decommissioning fund account stipulated by the applicable Turkish laws and regulations.

Decree Law No. 702 sets forth policy regarding decommissioning and site release. The nuclear facility’s site shall be removed from regulatory control with the condition of unrestricted use. The decommissioning strategy calls for immediate dismantling; however, in the case of early decommissioning due to an accident, another strategy may be applied (provided that NDK’s approval is received).

NPP owners shall contribute to the special decommissioning account and special radioactive waste management account separately per unit of electricity generated, and other waste producers shall contribute per type and activity of waste and type of practice.

The contribution amount is determined by the Accounts Management Board annually.

The special decommissioning account is to be used for the expenses of decommissioning of nuclear, radioactive waste and radiation facilities, and disposal of radioactive waste arising from decommissioning of these facilities.

The special radioactive waste management account is to be used for the expenses of siting, design, licensing, construction, operation, maintenance, closure and removal from regulatory control of disposal facilities, and related R&D. In the case of early decommissioning, if the money saved in the account is insufficient for decommissioning of the facility, then the cost is compensated by the assurance provided by an authorized person.

The facility’s operation licence cannot be issued unless sufficient assurance provided by operator is confirmed by the Accounts Management Board, taking early decommissioning into account, and NDK is informed.

2.7. FUEL CYCLE, INCLUDING WASTE MANAGEMENT

A reactor materials unit, for the refining of uranium concentrate for conversion to UO2 and for the manufacturing of sintered pellets, has been in operation at the ÇNAEM since 1986 and is subject to IAEA safeguards. At present, research and development activities are focused on pellet manufacturing and characterization.

Waste management is currently limited mainly to radioactive waste arising from the industrial and medical applications of nuclear technologies, and there is a facility for interim storage of these wastes. This storage facility was built in the ÇNAEM and has been operating there since 1989. Compaction, cementation and precipitation processes are carried out at this facility.

According to the agreement with the Russian Federation, APC will be responsible for NPP fuel supply and waste management.

Nuclear fuel will be sourced from suppliers based on long term agreements between APC and the suppliers. At the current stage of the Akkuyu NPP project, APC is planning that the first core and further reloads for the Akkuyu NPP will be supplied from TVEL, a Rosatom fuel supply company, based on a long term contract.

According to the agreement with the Russian Federation, APC is responsible for safe management of spent fuel and radioactive waste and decommissioning of the plant. In addition, APC will make the necessary payment to the national spent fuel and radioactive waste management fund stipulated by the applicable Turkish laws and regulations.

Subject to a separate agreement that may be agreed to by the parties, spent nuclear fuel of Russian origin may be reprocessed in the Russian Federation.

Decree Law No. 702 introduces a national policy for management of spent fuel and radioactive waste. Additionally, Decree Law No. 702 includes arrangements for national radioactive waste management policy; responsibilities of the Government, operator, Accounts Management Board, TENMAK and other organizations; funding of waste management; financial responsibilities of waste producers and national radioactive waste management plan.

According to the decree law, TENMAK is assigned as the national radioactive waste management organization and the radioactive wastes resulting from activities carried out in the sovereignty territory of the Republic of Turkey shall be disposed of by TENMAK. The national programme, which will cover the details of the radioactive waste management policy and strategy, will be prepared by TENMAK through the end of 2020.

Site selection studies for a near surface disposal facility are ongoing by TENMAK.

2.8. RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

2.8.1. R&D organizations

The nuclear policy of the country includes R&D activities concerning the application of nuclear technology in various sectors such as energy, environment, human health, industry and agriculture.

TENMAK was established as the nuclear regulatory body by Law No. 2690. TENMAK regulates all nuclear and radiation activities and facilities in Turkey. Law No. 2690 gives TENMAK authority and responsibility for ensuring nuclear safety and nuclear security by licensing and inspecting such activities and facilities. TENMAK also coordinates and supports research and development activities in the nuclear field.

TENMAK operates three nuclear research and training centres to perform research, training and development activities:

  1. ÇNAEM;

  2. Sarayköy Nuclear Research and Training Center;

  3. Ankara Nuclear Research and Training Center.

Although Turkey has no nuclear power plants, there are two research reactors. The governmental research centre ÇNAEM, which is one of the three institutions affiliated with TENMAK, cooperates with universities and other scientific and research institutes for the development and application of nuclear science and technology for peaceful uses of nuclear energy. ÇNAEM commissioned a 1 MW research reactor (TR 1) in 1962 for both research and production of isotopes for industrial and medical purposes. It was operational from 1962 to 1977, and has since been dismantled. A pool type 5 MW reactor (TR 2) was later built in the same building and operated at 5 MW between 1984 and 1994 for irradiation purposes. It operated at low power levels between 1995 and 2009 due to updates of seismic evaluation studies of the reactor building that were required. In 2013, the project to strengthen the reactor building was completed.

The second research reactor in Turkey, ITU TRIGA MARK II, reached its first criticality on 11 March 1979. It is a pool type, light water cooled and graphite reflected reactor. The ITU TRIGA MARK II reactor is capable of steady state operation at power levels up to 250 kW or pulsing mode operation where powers as high as 1200 MW are achieved for about 10 msec.

The General Directorate of Mineral Research and Exploration is responsible for systematic investigation and research into all kinds of resources, including thorium and uranium.

Research and development activities in nuclear technology are performed by a limited number of universities in Turkey. Hacettepe, Istanbul Technical, Ankara, Ege and Akdeniz universities are among the notable programmes.

2.8.2. Development of advanced nuclear technologies

Not applicable.

2.8.3. International cooperation and initiatives

TENMAK closely follows worldwide trends and progress in the field of nuclear reactor technologies and fuel cycles.

Turkey is an associate member of CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. All activities related to CERN in Turkey are coordinated and sponsored by TENMAK. Turkey is a founding member of the International Centre for Synchrotron Light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME), and TENMAK is the representing authority for SESAME. Turkey’s main objectives are to establish a qualified workforce by actively participating in the experimental programmes of CERN and SESAME, and to follow worldwide scientific progress.

2.9. HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT

There are more than 180 universities in Turkey (state and private), with higher education organizations operating under the Turkish Higher Education Council. Almost all universities have engineering faculties. Moreover, some universities in Turkey have undergraduate and graduate programmes in the field of nuclear engineering and science (Table 7).

Nuclear engineering education started in Turkey under the Istanbul Technical University (ITU) Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) in 1961. In 2003, the NEI was restructured as the Energy Institute (EI) with a graduate programme on nuclear energy topics. ITU-EI has operated a TRIGA type training and research nuclear reactor with a power of 250 kW since the 1970s, mainly for educational purposes, academic research and training.

Hacettepe University (in Ankara) has provided a nuclear engineering programme in English at undergraduate and graduate levels since 1982. In 35 years, 459 nuclear engineers graduated from this programme; 15% of them are working in the nuclear sector abroad (mainly in the United States of America) and 25% of them are working at governmental organizations related with the nuclear power programme in Turkey. The remaining graduates are working in different sectors or are in graduate education at home or abroad.

In 2015, undergraduate programme on nuclear engineering was established at Sinop University. The curriculum is provided only in Turkish, and the department targets mostly education in nuclear physics.

There are three universities in Turkey which have nuclear sciences institutes. The Ege University (in Izmir) Nuclear Sciences Institute focuses on nuclear applications in industry and environmental radiation detection/measurement. Hacettepe University Nuclear Sciences Institute focuses on radiation physics and its applications, and Ankara University Nuclear Sciences Institute focuses on medical applications, health physics, radiation protection and monitoring. The students who graduate from the Nuclear Sciences Institute get a title of Health Physicist.

TABLE 7. TURKISH UNIVERSITIES SUPPORTING NUCLEAR EDUCATION PROGRAMMES

Name Degree* Field Established
Hacettepe University B, M, D Nuclear Engineering 1977, 1982
Istanbul Technical University M, D 1961, 2003
Sinop University B 2015
Ege University M, D Nuclear Science
1966
Hacettepe University M, D 2003
Ankara University M, D 2006

*Degrees: B — Bachelor; M — Master of Science; D — Doctor of Philosophy.

Currently there are no vocational schools providing educational activities in the fields of nuclear technology or nuclear applications. Ankara Chamber of Industry and Hacettepe University are making efforts in this area and there is a new radiation technician programme in Akdeniz University.

On the other hand, there are three nuclear research and training centres in Turkey which are affiliated institutions of TENMAK. These centres are:

  • ÇNAEM in Istanbul;

  • Saraykoy Nuclear Research and Training Center in Ankara;

  • Ankara Nuclear Research and Training Center in Ankara.

The ÇNAEM was established in 1960. A TR-2 type research nuclear reactor with a power of 5 MW has operated there since 1984. The centre includes six technical divisions related to health physics, nuclear electronics, radioactivity and analytical measurement, nuclear techniques, nuclear technology and waste management. The centre is the responsible institution for processing and storage of low and intermediate radioactive wastes arising from medical, training and research activities. In addition, radiopharmaceutical, radiation protection and nondestructive inspection training is provided in the centre.

The Saraykoy centre was established in 2005. The centre has a cyclotron type proton accelerator facility and includes four divisions related to radiation applications, measurement and instrumentation, research and development, and technology. In addition, quality assurance training for nuclear sector is provided in the centre.

The Ankara centre was established in 2010 in order to perform national and international training in the nuclear field on topics such as radiation protection, radiation safety, nuclear power, nuclear safety, nuclear security, and other nuclear applications as part of the national training programme approved by TENMAK administration.

TENMAK trains personnel in the nuclear field at the affiliated research and training centres, also arranging for cooperation with universities and related organizations on this matter. The IAEA is one of the main supporting organizations for developing national human resources through training and fellowship programmes. Recently, TENMAK also introduced three training courses for nuclear engineering, radiation monitoring and emergency preparedness under the support of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency.

The General Directorate of Nuclear Energy under the MENR (MENR-GDNE) serves as the nuclear energy programme implementation organization in Turkey according to the IAEA’s milestone publication. The responsibilities of the MENR-GDNE in Turkey’s nuclear power programme are to facilitate the implementation of NPP projects and to develop the national nuclear infrastructure by ensuring coordination among national authorities, the private sector and academia.

An IAEA workshop on workforce planning and human resources development was held in Ankara in July of 2013. In this workshop, IAEA experts explained the usage of Nuclear Power Human Resources model developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the United States of America and allocated to the IAEA for use by Member States. This modelling tool can be used to calculate needs and supply of workforce for nuclear power plant projects for different time periods involving different organizations and different project models.

A human resources and knowledge development (HRKD) plan was drafted in the light of results obtained from the model. In May of 2015, an IAEA expert mission was held in Ankara in order to review the draft human resources development plan for Turkey’s nuclear power programme. The IAEA expert team and model developer provided comments on the draft plan during the mission.

After the expert mission, the MENR-GDNE established another working group, drawing from faculty members at the Hacettepe University Nuclear Engineering Department (HUNEM), ITU-EI and Akdeniz University Nuclear Science Application and Research Center. This group developed a national strategy report on localization, human resources development and technology transfer in the nuclear field. One of the important recommendations in this report is to establish a nuclear HRKD network in the country.

In 2016, a short and medium term road map for nuclear HRKD between 2018 and 2023 was developed and submitted by MENR-GDNE to the Higher Council of Science & Technology presided over by the Prime Minister. This road map includes a plan for establishment of a structure to coordinate human resources development in the nuclear field.

In the scope of the HRKD studies, the following activities were also carried out:

  • Turkey joined the IAEA project named “Human Resources and Knowledge Development Networks Initiative” along with Japan, Malaysia and South Africa in 2016 in order to establish a national network on HRKD in the country.

  • The law establishing the Turkish–Japanese Science and Technology University was ratified by the Turkish Parliament in 2016. This university will include a nuclear engineering programme.

  • The MENR has initiated a study to get in touch with Turkish nuclear experts living abroad, especially those working in France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

  • Hacettepe University opened a two year vocational education programme called “Nuclear Energy Technologies” that includes a Russian language course in 2017. The students to graduate from this programme may work on the construction of Akkuyu NPP.

  • Four Turkish experts from Hacettepe University, ITU and MENR were sent to the Nuclear Energy Management School in Japan from 8 July to 3 August 2017

  • Twelve Turkish experts from the MENR, TENMAK, EUAS ICC, Hacettepe University Vocational High School and the Turkish Standards Institution were sent to the Nuclear Power Generation Safety Bases course in Japan on 4–15 December 2017. In addition, another 12 Turkish experts from the MENR, TENMAK, Anadolu Agency, Sinop Nuclear Ltd. Co., Akkuyu Nuclear JSC and EUAS ICC were sent to the Public Acceptance course in Japan on 18–22 December 2017. The courses were carried out in Wakasa Wan Energy Research Center in Tsuruga, Japan.

The following studies are being conducted:

  • Ankara Chamber of Industry is conducting a study on the establishment of a pilot nuclear training centre in Ankara for training of construction and manufacturing workers in the nuclear industry with the financial support of Ministry of Development. The chamber signed a cooperation agreement with the International Institute of Nuclear Energy in France and the Central Institute for Continuing Education and Training in the Russian Federation for the development of training curriculum for trainees and trainers of the centre.

  • The MENR is carrying out a study on the establishment of education programmes at vocational high schools near the nuclear power plant sites. A national workshop on the determination of nuclear courses to be added into the curriculum of selected vocational high schools was held with participants from MENR, Ministry of National Education, Akkuyu Nuclear JSC and universities in Ankara on 3–7 December 2018.

  • A scholarship programme selected 268 Turkish students to pursue graduate education in the nuclear field at foreign universities with support from the Ministry of National Education. The students are obligated to work in MENR-GDNE, NDK, TAEA and EUAS for a period twice as long as their education period abroad after return to the country. In the context of this programme, 21 students for MENR-GDNE, 100 students for TAEA, 75 students for NDK and 72 students for EUAS will receive graduate education at foreign universities in the list of global top 500 universities across Belgium, Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. The education fields are related to nuclear finance; nuclear law; public relations; nuclear fuel cycle; design, manufacturing and maintenance of mechanical and electrical nuclear instrumentation and control equipment, systems and components; spent fuel and radioactive waste management; nuclear safety, security and safeguards; site selection and evaluation; nuclear plant construction; nuclear material science; health physics; radiochemistry; radiobiology; radiation protection; particle acceleration, etc.

According to the IGA with the Russian Federation, AJSC is responsible for education and training of operating staff without any financial burden on the Turkish government. Therefore, AJSC is developed a training plan for Turkish students, who will make up of 30% of technical staff. The plan includes one year of Russian language and five and a half years of nuclear engineering education at Mephi University in the Russian Federation as well as on the job training at Russian NPPs after graduation. Turkish students are awarded scholarships from the AJSC and obligated to work at Akkuyu NPP as engineers and operators. Currently, 151 Turkish students are studying in the Russian Federation under the scope of this plan. Eighty-eight students have graduated from this training programme and started working at AJSC.

Moreover, according to the IGA, AJSC will establish a training centre near the plant site including a full scope control room simulator for initial and continuing training of future Turkish operating staff.

2.10. STAKEHOLDER INVOLVEMENT

APC established a Public Information Centre (PIC) for Akkuyu NPP in the city of Mersin in 2012 (Fig. 3). The PIC is a multifunctional communication platform. Tour programmes are designed for residents of Mersin and nearby provinces and other regions. Among the visitors are children, schoolchildren, students, government representatives, the media, tourists and many others.

Visitors to the PIC are told about the history and development of the nuclear industry, achievements in physics, energy development prospects, as well as the socioeconomic development of Turkey associated with the construction of nuclear industry enterprises and related infrastructure.

At the PIC, the principal operations of the power plant are presented graphically, and models of the industrial site of the future NPP and its reactor are displayed, while visitors are acquainted with how the protective barriers at the NPP are arranged.

The centre implements educational programmes; holds lectures, seminars and roundtables; and organizes joint programmes with government agencies, local authorities of the Turkish Republic and social and political organizations. 

FIG. 3. Public information centre in the city of Mersin.

MENR has already developed public communication strategies on nuclear energy. A national workshop was held in Ankara in 2017 with experts from the IAEA and national organizations in order to discuss Turkey’s stakeholder involvement and public information policy and strategy on nuclear energy.

The following activities were performed for public information on nuclear energy:

  • Turkish journalists visited NPPs, both in operation and under construction, in Russian Federation and other countries (Novovoronezh-2 NPP — November 2018; Lenigrad-2 NPP — April 2019; Belorussian NPP — October 2019).

  • Seminars for the potential suppliers of the Akkuyu NPP project were held in Mersin in October 2018.

  • On 6 October 2018, the first open doors day was organized by Akkuyu Nuclear JSC at the Akkuyu NPP construction site. The event was attended by residents of the nearest settlements of Gülnar district of the Mersin province. As part of a special bus tour, more than 200 guests learned of the construction progress of the NPP.

  • In March 2019, representatives of more than 200 Turkish companies participated in meetings concerning the Akkuyu NPP project as part of the 2019 Nuclear Power Plants Expo Summit.

  • Two seminars for suppliers of the Akkuyu NPP project were held in Istanbul and Ankara in late 2019. Informative visits to schools were held for children in the Mersin region.

  • Booklets, brochures and fliers reached tens of thousands of people.

2.11. EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

The Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) is the coordinating authority assigned for all kinds of disasters and emergencies at all levels including large scale nuclear and radiological emergencies. AFAD has its own Disaster and Emergency Management Center (DEMC), similar to other stakeholders which have a role in emergency response according to the related regulation.

All the responsible authorities take part in AFAD related to a particular emergency when effective response, coordination and collaboration at the national level are required for management of emergencies.

The Council gathers at least twice a year. In case of need, the Council may hold extraordinary meetings upon the call of the President of AFAD. Provincial disaster and emergency directorates, affiliated with AFAD, were established within the body of governorships in different provinces.

Their duties related to disaster and emergency management are;

• To determine disaster hazards and risks of the province (hazard assessment);

• To prepare and implement provincial disaster and emergency plans in collaboration and coordination with local administrations and public institutions and organizations;

• To manage provincial disaster and emergency management centres (Provincial- AFAD);

• To determine damages and losses suffered in the case of disasters and emergencies;

• To establish and manage warehouses for storing necessary search and rescue materials, food, tools, equipment and materials to be used for satisfying the needs of public for sheltering, nutrition and health services in cases of disasters and emergencies;

• To perform the duties related with mobilization and civil defence services in the province according to the relevant legislation;

• To manage services for determining, identifying and decontaminating chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear agents, and providing collaboration and coordination among relevant organizations.

The mission of the NDK is to lead the way for ensuring that Turkey benefits from nuclear technology and to undertake regulatory and inspection activities. NDK is recognized as the primary “competent authority” by the IAEA according to the Convention on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident and the Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency.

The NDK will provide technical consultancy in case of major radiation emergencies within the AFAD-DEMC regarding preparedness and response infrastructure which was established alongside the AFAD. In this new framework, the NDK is one of the support solution partners of the chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) service group which has been established within the framework of the National Disaster Response Plan (NDRP).

In terms of emergency/disaster response, the roles and responsibilities of ministries, related institutions and governorships are defined in related legislation and in the NDRP which was issued in 2014. The NDRP is the highest-level overarching plan and can be executed for all types of emergencies and disasters. Twenty-eight service groups are designated in the NDRP for national level response. Each service group is dedicated to a specific service which may be required in case of emergency/disaster.

Based upon the Regulation on Disaster and Emergency Response Services and National Disaster Response Plan, the National Radiation Emergency Plan (NREP) was prepared by the NDK in collaboration with AFAD (Fig. 3). NREP is an event-type plan according to the NDRP. The preparation process was carried out transparently and the comments of and inputs from the related stakeholders were taken into consideration. NREP was ratified by the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey on 6 April 2019.

The most recent approach of the IAEA on emergency preparedness and response was adopted and international practices were taken into account during the preparation of NREP. The roles of ministries, institutions and service groups set forth in the legislation are elaborated in the plan.

FIG. 3. The national emergency planning framework.

Akkuyu Nuclear JSC is responsible for developing the on-site emergency plan which determines the required actions for mitigation of the accident consequences, while respective governmental organizations (Mersin Governorship, supported by AFAD and NDK body) will prepare the provincial radiation emergency plans that are associated with the NREP and NDRP. The off-site emergency plan regulates zones and distances of emergency planning and defines actions to be taken by authorized local and state authorities to protect the public, property and the environment in the event of an emergency.

The on-site emergency plan should generally include the following topics:

  • Classification of the emergency and identification of the underlying events and plant parameters when this classification is made;

  • Formation of on-site emergency response organization and determination of responsibilities;

  • Principles of response activities to be carried out on-site and preparations for response activities;

  • Arrangements for alarms, notifications and communication;

  • Emergency management and realization of situational assessments;

  • Emergency workers’ safety and radiation protection;

  • Radiological monitoring to be carried out in the facility, on-site and near the site during emergency situations;

  • Information to be provided for off-site emergency response organization and to inform the public about the situation;

  • Centres and points to be used during emergency response, equipment and other additional units;

  • Termination of emergency and remedial actions;

  • Implementation instructions of the emergency response organization.

The on-site emergency plan will provide clear and straightforward interface with off-site decision makers. The necessary procedures will be identified, developed and agreed with the responsible officials prior the commissioning of the Akkuyu NPP.

After the on-site emergency plan is developed it shall be submitted to the NDK for review and approval prior to the fuel loading for the first reactor at the site. The NDK will evaluate the on-site plan for consistency with the off-site plan, according to related regulations. The full scale exercise for each NPP should be conducted before the fuel loading and pre-operational tests.

The plan shall be revised and updated periodically and also if specific circumstances require these changes.

The analysis related to emergency planning and the applicability of the emergency planning to the Sinop site will be evaluated in the Sinop Site Report, which is a part of the assessment for site suitability. The detailed on-site and off-site plans for emergency conditions will be prepared in accordance with the Turkish and international requirements and the emergency plan for the Sinop NPP will submitted before fuel loading.

The emergency facilities and locations suggested by the IAEA, and related provisions, are adopted in the NREP. The Akkuyu Nuclear JSC and regulatory body agreed upon the on- and off-site emergency facilities and locations. The off-site centre (Provincial Disaster and Emergency Management Center) is planned to be established as a township disaster and emergency management centre and integrated to the national framework.

The on-site emergency facilities, except the backup control room, can be collocated under the same facility. According to the Draft Regulation on Management of Nuclear and Radiological Emergencies, the on-site emergency facilities should be built to satisfy the following requirements and to perform the following functions:

• To support management and control arrangements that allow the fulfilment of emergency management functions needed to mitigate foreseen accident conditions;

• To be operable during the whole response period during emergencies;

• To be operable in case infrastructure is damaged;

• To ensure the radiological monitoring of personnel entering the centre;

• To ensure contamination control within the centre;

• To ensure communication with off-site centres in case of damage to infrastructure or overload of communication lines;

• To be protected against earthquakes and other natural hazards;

• To ensure road transport in emergency conditions;

• To meet humanitarian needs if the centre is isolated from the environment for a long time during an emergency;

• To ensure the protection of the workers from the centre for the radiological and other dangerous conditions foreseen in the emergency situation;

• To provide required data, as close to real time as possible, from reliable informational sources;

• To have access to design and safety analysis information;

• To be able to move to a backup centre located off-site, depending on the radiological and other conditions.

3. NATIONAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS

3.1. REGULATORY FRAMEWORK

3.1.1. Regulatory authority(ies)

3.1.1.1. Establishment of the regulatory body

Turkey established its first nuclear regulatory body (the Atomic Energy Commission) on 27 August 1956 with Law No. 6821, and pursued this effort to benefit from international experience in the area and become one of the founding members of IAEA in 1957. The Atomic Energy Commission was replaced by TENMAK in 1982 under Law No. 2690. Regulation of all the activities in the field of peaceful uses of nuclear energy, including issuing regulations, making safety reviews and assessments, granting permissions and licences, conducting inspections and applying enforcement actions, were among the authorities and responsibilities of TENMAK. However, TENMAK also had responsibilities as the operator of some facilities requiring regulatory control.

In July 2018, with a referendum amending the constitution, the Turkish governance transformed the country into a presidential republic. Consequentially, all governmental institutions modified to adapt to the new system.

To improve the regulatory system in Turkey and to achieve full compliance with international requirements and expectations in the area, a draft Nuclear Energy Law was prepared by TENMAK in coordination with MENR. This draft law has been enacted with Decree Law No. 702 and with Presidential Decree No. 4.

The decree law on Organization and Duties of Nuclear Regulatory Authority and Amendments to Various Laws”, Decree Law No. 702, was issued by the Cabinet on 9 July 2018 as one of the transition decree laws. Decree Law No. 702 is a comprehensive nuclear law regulating nuclear safety, nuclear security, radiation protection, and other related subjects on nuclear topics. Furthermore, it established a new independent nuclear regulatory authority, the NDK.

3.1.1.2. Legal foundation and statue of the regulatory body

The duties and responsibilities of NDK were defined on 15 July 2018 under the Presidential Decree on Organization of Institutions and Organizations Related, Affiliated and Associated with Ministries and Other Institutions and Organizations, Presidential Decree No. 4.

The former nuclear regulatory body, TENMAK, was transformed to become a research and development organization and also given the responsibility of management of all national radioactive waste, including final disposal activities.

NDK consists of a board (Nuclear Regulatory Board), which is the decision making organ, and a presidency of the institution. Five members of the Board, including the Chairperson, who is also the President of the NDK, and Second Chairperson were appointed by the President of the Republic with Decision No. 2019/40 issued on O.G. No. 30677 on 5 February 2019.

NDK issued the Regulation on Working Procedures and Principles of Nuclear Regulatory Board on 11 April 2019 (O.G. No. 30742). This regulation defines the working procedures and principles of NDK’s Nuclear Regulatory Board.

The Presidency of the Republic issued the Regulation on Organization of Nuclear Regulatory Authority on 25 April 2019. This regulation defines the organizational structure of NDK and duties and responsibilities of its units.

3.1.1.3. Mandate, mission and tasks

The aim and scope of Decree Law No. 702 were defined in Art. 1. This article also defines the general mandate of NDK (the regulatory control of activities regarding utilization of nuclear energy and ionizing radiation) as follows:

In accordance with this article, NDK is associated with MENR by Presidential Circular 2018/1 of 15 July 2018.

Furthermore, Presidential Decree No. 14 amended Presidential Decree No. 4 on 24 July 2018 to define the activities, topics and areas to be regulated by NDK in the scope of Decree Law No. 702 as follows:

  1. Protection of employees, the public, the environment and future generations from radiation;

  2. Safety, security and safeguards in the activities regarding nuclear energy and ionizing radiation;

  3. Site assessment, design, construction, commissioning, operation, decommissioning and closure of nuclear installations, radiation facilities and radioactive waste facilities;

  4. Mining, production, transportation, storage, export, import, trade, possession, transfer, accounting and control, processing, reprocessing and use of nuclear materials;

  5. Production, transportation, storage, export, import, trade, possession, transfer, use, installation, dismantling, manufacture, maintenance and repair of radiation sources;

  6. Possession, transfer, processing, transportation, storage, export, import, trade and disposal of radioactive wastes;

  7. Exports of all kinds of substances, materials, equipment, systems, components or related technology subject to control with the aim of non-proliferation of nuclear weapons;

  8. Radiation emergency management;

  9. The qualifications and training of the personnel regarding the activities within the scope of Decree Law No. 702;

  10. Other issues, areas and activities within the scope of Decree Law No. 702 and which are to be determined by the Board.

3.1.1.4. Authorities and responsibilities

Decree Law No. 702 Art. 7 para. 2 authorizes the President of the Republic to determine activities, topics and areas to be regulated by the NDK and its duties and authorities. The duties and authorities of the NDK are determined by President of the Republic in Presidential Decree No. 4 of 15 July 2018 and amended in Presidential Decree No. 14 of 24 July 2018. The duties and authorities of the NDK are as follows:

(a) To determine the strategy, target and working principles of the Authority.

(b) To issue regulatory requirements and decisions in the areas of its duties and authorities.

(c) To inspect or investigate the activities or places within the scope of its duties or authorities or have them inspected or investigated before and after the authorization;

(d) To request and evaluate all the required information and documents from the applicants and authorized persons, to use the information and documents in compliance with the confidentiality requirements.

(e) To request the authorized person to carry out a safety assessment for the activity when deemed necessary;

(f) To determine whether the authorized persons have fulfilled their obligations related to the insurance or financial guarantee for nuclear liability and related to the special accounts of radioactive waste and decommissioning.

(g) To establish and operate the national radiation source recording system, national central dose recording system, and national nuclear material accounting and control system.

(h) To conduct the national radiation monitoring activity or to have it conducted.

(i) To cooperate with the institutions and organizations of other countries and international organizations, to participate in joint activities or to coordinate the activities carried out with these organizations, in the scope of its field of responsibility.

(j) To inform relevant national or international organizations about extraordinary events.

(k) To have research and development activities in the field of safety and security necessary to support its regulatory activities carried out.

(l) To exchange information, cooperate and communicate directly with public and private institutions and organizations, non-governmental organizations and the public.

(m) To determine regulatory activities, decisions and opinions to be sent to national and international institutions and organizations, and to be disclosed to the public.

(n) To request all kinds of necessary information and documents related to a subject from all real and legal persons, including public institutions and organizations, and/or to examine them on-site.

(o) To cooperate with the AFAD and relevant institutions and organizations in the management of radiation emergencies that may occur as a result of activities not under regulatory control.

3.1.1.5. Organizational structure of the regulatory body

NDK is composed of a Nuclear Regulatory Board and Presidency. The decision making organ of the NDK is the Nuclear Regulatory Board. The Nuclear Regulatory Board consists of five persons, including the President of NDK (who also chairs the Board) and a Second Chairperson. All Board members are assigned by the President of the Republic. The President of the Republic also appoints President of NDK and Second Chairperson. On 5 February 2019, the President of NDK and the Board Members were appointed by a Presidential Decree. The Regulation on Working Procedures and Principles of Nuclear Regulatory Board was issued on 11 April 2019.

The Presidency consists of the President of NDK, two vice presidents, and service units. The organizational structure of the Presidency will be determined by a regulation to be issued by the President of the Republic.

NDK’s main organization consists of six technical and five administrative units. Technical units are the following:

  • Department of Nuclear Installations (regulatory activities in nuclear safety);

  • Department of Radiation Applications (regulatory activities in radiation applications and radiation facilities);

  • Department of Security and Safeguards (regulatory activities in nuclear security and safeguards, and in transportation and import/export of radioactive materials);

  • Department of Radiation Protection (regulatory activities in radiation protection and radioactive waste management safety);

  • Department of Inspection (nuclear and radiation safety inspections);

  • Department of External Affairs (national and international coordination of all kinds of activities within the scope of duties and responsibilities of NDK).

Administrative units are:

  • Department of Legal Services;

  • Department of Strategy Development (administrative and financial activities of NDK);

  • Department of Support Services (human resources and other supporting services);

  • Press and Public Relations Consultancy;

  • Directorate of Board Services (conducting secretarial work and operations of the Nuclear Regulatory Board).

Decree Law No. 702 allows for transfer of current regulatory personnel employed within TENMAK in the departments of Nuclear Safety, Radiation Health and Safety, and Technology to the NDK. Figure 4 shows the organizational structure of NDK.

FIG. 4. Organizational structure of the Nuclear Regulatory Authority.

3.1.2. Licensing process

In Turkey, nuclear installations are licensed by NDK in areas relating to nuclear safety, security and radiation protection. Before the NDK, TENMAK was the licensing authority according to Law No. 2690 (Fig. 5) regulating duties and responsibilities of TENMAK as a regulatory body.

In July 2018, with Decree Law No. 702, NDK was founded and became the regulatory authority of Turkey. Within the same month, Presidential Decree No. 4 dated 15 July 2018 came into force. Duties and responsibilities of NDK were determined and TENMAK was reorganized as a research and development and technical support service organization.

As a part of the transition process, NDK issued new regulations according to a new licensing system. A new regulation will be developed to outline the licensing process in accordance with provisions of the new nuclear law. Until this regulation is issued, the Decree on Licensing of Nuclear Installations will be in force.

The Turkish licensing system includes a “3S” (safety, security and safeguards) approach. During the evaluation of licence application, submitted reports and programmes related to the safety, security and safeguards are reviewed by the regulatory body. The approval of the physical protection programme and the nuclear material accountancy and control system of the NPP is a prerequisite before granting permission to bring nuclear material on-site. The final information regarding emergency management is reviewed before the fuel loading is permitted.

The licensing process includes review and assessment of a set of documents for each licence application. These documents include:

  • Preliminary safety analysis report (PSAR) or final safety analysis report (FSAR);

  • Physical protection programme documentation;

  • Nuclear material accountancy and control system documentation;

  • Emergency management plan;

  • Management system documents;

  • Other documents.

Nuclear power plant licensing activities are carried out by the Nuclear Facilities Department. This department’s main responsibilities are licensing of nuclear installations (review and assessment of documentation related to nuclear safety) and coordination of licensing activities between technical departments. The Nuclear Regulatory Board is the decision maker regarding licensing of nuclear facilities. Authorizations related to nuclear facilities are made by the Nuclear Regulatory Board.

The licensing procedure is initiated by the applicant, to be recognized as the ‘owner’. The licensing process for an NPP comprises three main stages in succession: site licence, construction licence and operating licence. There are several permits functioning as hold points during the licensing process. These include the limited work permit, commissioning permit and fuel loading and test operations permit for the operating licence. For each authorization, documents required for review and assessment are defined in the Decree on Licensing of Nuclear Installations of 1983. There is no design approval authorization in Turkey. The decree also requires the owner to apply for authorization by NDK for every modification that may have an impact on the safety of a nuclear installation. The authorization process for the decommissioning stage is not defined in the decree. This issue is addressed in Presidential Decree No. 4.

FIG. 5. Licensing system under Regulation on Licensing of Nuclear Facilities

The licensing approach is defined in the Directive on Determination of Licensing Basis Regulations, Guides and Standards and Reference Plant for Nuclear Power Plants of 2012, which lays out the rules for establishing a licensing basis for NPPs. These rules state that the issues insufficiently addressed by existing Turkish regulations on nuclear safety shall be covered by requiring compliance with the regulations of the vendor or designer country and the IAEA’s Safety Standards, particularly its safety fundamentals and safety requirements. For remaining issues, third party country laws, regulations and standards are referenced. The directive also requires the applicant to submit to the regulatory body a reference plant of the proposed design to facilitate the licensing process. The directive was established in accordance with the principles laid out in the IAEA publication INSAG-26, Licensing the First Nuclear Power Plant.

This directive is being implemented for the Akkuyu project. A list of applicable regulations, guides and standards was determined by the owner according to Art. 6 of the directive. The Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) of TENMAK approved the list on 2 November 2012. The revised list (Rev. 2) was approved on 14 November 2014. The licensing basis for the Akkuyu NPP is mainly composed of Turkish regulations, IAEA safety fundamentals and requirements and Russian Federation regulations. The list also contains standards and guides of Turkey and the Russian Federation. Novovoronezh-II NPP in the Russian Federation is approved as the reference plant for Akkuyu NPP by the AEC of TENMAK according to Art. 7 of the Directive on Determination of Licensing Basis Regulations, Guides and Standards and Reference Plant for Nuclear Power Plants of 2012.

In addition, according to the Regulation on Environmental Impact Assessment, NPPs should obtain an affirmative decision on an EIA from the MOEU as a prerequisite to the site licence, and an electricity production licence from the EMRA.

3.2. MAIN NATIONAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS IN NUCLEAR POWER

The Turkish regulatory structure is composed of laws, decree laws, presidential decrees, regulations, guides, and codes and standards. The hierarchical pyramid of the Turkish regulatory structure is given in Fig. 6. Within this structure, the legislative and regulatory framework of Turkey is consistent with international conventions, treaties and IAEA Safety Standards in most aspects of nuclear safety and security.

Turkey’s legislative and regulatory framework ensures that nuclear materials and facilities are utilized and nuclear activities are performed with proper consideration for the health, safety, security and protection of people and the environment. As party to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), Turkey has established a system of accountancy for and control of nuclear materials based on the Agreement between Turkey and the IAEA for the Application of Safeguards in Connection with the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (Safeguards Agreement) and Protocol Additional to the Agreement between Turkey and the IAEA for the Application of Safeguards in Connection with the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (Additional Protocol). Turkey received an IAEA State Systems of Accounting for and Control of Nuclear Material Advisory Service (ISSAS) Mission from the IAEA in June 2010 to review this system and revisions with respect to the Safeguards Agreement and Additional Protocol. 

FIG. 6. Hierarchy of regulatory documents in Turkey (July 2018).

Turkey is party to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material and fully implements its provisions. The Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material was ratified by the Turkish Parliament on 10 February 2015 and entered into force on 8 July 2015. Both regulations, on Nuclear Material Accounting and Control and on Physical Protection, were revised in 2012 to reflect the latest developments in the country and in the international framework.

The main Turkish legislative framework regulating nuclear installations consists of: Decree Law No. 702 and Presidential Decree No. 4, which regulate nuclear safety, security and radiation protection, inspections and the enforcement process (administrative fines and criminal penalties, limiting, suspending and revoking the authorization); the Environmental Law, which regulates the environmental impact of these facilities; and the Law on the Electricity Market, which regulates electricity production licences. These establish NDK, the MOEU and the EMRA as regulatory bodies. There are several other regulatory bodies, such as the Ministry of Transportation and Ministry of Health, which indirectly regulate NPPs with regard to other issues.

Regarding nuclear safety and radiation safety and protection, there are two decrees:

  1. Decree on Licensing of Nuclear Installations, 1983;

  2. Decree on Radiation Safety, 1985.

Further details regarding safety principles are addressed in regulations. There are currently 18 regulations directly or indirectly addressing the safety of NPPs.

The Decree on Licensing of Nuclear Installations; the Directive on Determination of Licensing Basis Regulations, Guides and Standards and Reference Plant for Nuclear Power Plants; and the regulations constitute the basis of the legal framework of the nuclear safety of nuclear installations in Turkey.

Rules and procedures related to the licensing of nuclear installations are laid out in the Decree on Licensing of Nuclear Installations, which entered into force in 1983. The decree defines permits and licences to be obtained; requirements for applications for these permits and licences, including lists of documents to be submitted; review and assessment procedures; the authorizing entities within NDK for each authorization; and approval mechanisms for modifications during construction and operation. It also authorizes NDK to inspect the installations throughout their lifetime.

Another important regulatory document is the Directive on Determination of Licensing Basis Regulations, Guides and Standards and Reference Plant for Nuclear Power Plants, which lays out the rules for establishing a licensing basis for nuclear power plants. The licensing approach of NDK is defined in the directive.

Rules and procedures for accounting for and control of nuclear materials are described in the Regulation on Nuclear Material Accounting and Control of 2012, which satisfies the requirements of the Safeguards Agreement with the IAEA. This regulation has been prepared in compliance with the Additional Protocol. The national aspects of the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material were implemented in the Regulation on Physical Protection of Nuclear Materials and Nuclear Facilities of 2012. This regulation was prepared in compliance with INFCIRC/225/Rev. 4 and some provisions of INFCIRC/225/Rev. 5. This regulation is being updated for full compliance with INFCIRC/225/Rev. 5 and for resolving some issues regarding domestic procedures.

There are several regulations associated with nuclear safety. The suitability of NPP sites is addressed in the Regulation on Nuclear Power Plant Sites of 2009. Basic requirements on the design of an NPP are laid out in the Regulation on Design Principles for Safety of Nuclear Power Plants of 2008, and those on construction, commissioning, operation and decommissioning of an NPP in the Regulation on Specific Principles for Safety of Nuclear Power Plants of 2008. Nuclear and radiological emergencies are covered in the National Regulation on Nuclear and Radiological Emergencies of 2000; Regulation on Official Duties Related to the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Hazards of 2012; and Regulation on Disaster and Emergency Response Services of 2013. These regulations cover the roles and responsibilities of governmental authorities and general provisions related to emergency planning and response in case of a radiation emergency. For requirements on emergency preparedness and response, IAEA Safety Standards Series No. GSR Part 7, Preparedness and Response for a Nuclear or Radiological Emergency, is addressed. The NREP has been prepared and ratified by the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey on 6 April 2019.The Regulation on Radioactive Waste Management of 2013 lays out the rules on safe management of radioactive wastes which may arise from the use of nuclear energy as well as sources of ionizing radiation in order to protect the public, the environment and future generations. The Regulation on Clearance in Nuclear Facilities and Release of Site from Regulatory Control of 2013 covers the methods and principles related to clearance of radioactive material and waste which arise during operation and decommissioning of nuclear facilities and release of sites from regulatory control. These regulations are in the process of revision to comply with the Decree Law No. 702 and Presential Decree No.4 issued in 2018.

The Regulation on Radiation Protection for Nuclear Facilities of 2018 covers radiation protection principles, dose criteria to be applied in licensing, responsibilities related to radiation protection, operational radiation protection, records and reports. This regulation is applied to planned, existing and emergency exposures at nuclear facilities. This regulation is in the process of revision to combine with the radiation protection provisions in radioactive waste management and radiation facilities and to comply with the Decree Law No. 702 and Presential Decree No. 4 issued in 2018.

The Regulation Regarding Equipment Procurement Process and Approval of Manufacturers for Nuclear Facilities of 2015 establishes the provisions for the procurement process for all equipment used in nuclear facilities, including the permits the owner must obtain to initiate the procurement process and issues regarding approval of manufacturers taking part in the procurement process for equipment important to safety, as well as regulatory inspections and sanctions to be implemented in the procurement process.

Decree laws, presidential decrees, regulations and guides concerning the safety of nuclear installations

Decree laws and presidential decrees

  1. Decree Having the Force of Law No. 702, 2018.

  2. Presidential Decree No. 4, 2018.

Decrees

  1. Decree on Licensing of Nuclear Installations, 1983.

  2. Decree on Radiation Safety, 1985.

Regulations

  1. Regulation on Radiation Safety, 2000.

  2. National Regulation on Nuclear and Radiological National Emergency Preparedness, 2000.

  3. Regulation on Safe Transport of Radioactive Material, 2005.

  4. Regulation on Nuclear Safety Inspections and Enforcement, 2007.

  5. Regulation on Issuing Document Base to Export Permission for Nuclear and Nuclear Dual Use Items, 2007.

  6. Regulation on Specific Principles for Safety of Nuclear Power Plants, 2008.

  7. Regulation on Design Principles for Safety of Nuclear Power Plants, 2008.

  8. Regulation on Site of a Nuclear Power Plant, 2009.

  9. Regulation on Protection of Outside Workers in Controlled Areas from the Risks of Ionizing Radiation, 2011.

  10. Regulation on Physical Protection of Nuclear Materials and Nuclear Facilities, 2012.

  11. Regulation on Nuclear Material Accounting and Control, 2012.

  12. Regulation on Radioactive Waste Management, 2013.

  13. Regulation on Clearance in Nuclear Facilities and Release of Site from Regulatory Control, 2013.

  14. Regulation Regarding Equipment Procurement Process and Approval of Manufacturers for Nuclear Facilities, 2015.

  15. Regulation on Management System in Nuclear Installations, 2017.

  16. Regulation on Construction Inspection of Nuclear Power Plants, 2017.

  17. Regulation on Operating Organization, Operating Personnel Qualification and Education and Licensing of Operators in Nuclear Power Plants, 2017.

  18. Regulation on Official Duties Related to Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Hazards, 2012.

  19. Regulation on Disaster and Emergency Response Services, 2013.

  20. Regulation on Radiation Protectiton in Nuclear Facilities, 2018.

Documents and guides

  1. A Guide on Format and Content of Site Report for Nuclear Power Plants, 2009.

  2. A Guide on Specific Design Principles, 2012.

  3. Directive on Determination of Licensing Basis Regulations, Guides and Standards and Reference Plant for Nuclear Power Plants, 2012.

  4. A Guide on Owner and Authorization Application for Nuclear Installations, 2016.

  5. Guide on the Construction Activities in Nuclear Installations that are Authorized as per the Authorization Stages, 2016.

APPENDIX 1. INTERNATIONAL, MULTILATERAL AND BILATERAL AGREEMENTS

International treaties, conventions and agreements signed/ratified by Turkey



NAME

SIGNED ON

RATIFICATION
1
Convention on Cooperation in the Atomic Energy Field Between the NATO Members and Its Amendment
22 June 1955
10 September 1956
2
Paris Convention (1960 Paris Convention on Third Party Liability in the Field of Nuclear Energy)
29 July 1960
13 May 1961
3
Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons Tests in the Atmosphere, in Outer Space and Under Water
5 August 1963
13 May 1965
4
Protocol to Amend the Convention on Third Party Liability in the Field of Nuclear Energy of 29 July 1960
28 January 1964
13 June 1967
5
International Labour Conference Convention Number 115 Concerning the Protection of Workers Against Ionizing Radiation

17 June 1962

25 July 1968
6
Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons
28 January 1969
28 November 1979
7
Convention for the Protection of the Mediterranean Sea Against Pollution
16 February 1976
12 June 1981
8
The International Convention on Railway Transportation
21 March 1985
1 June 1985
9
Protocol to Amend the Convention on Third Party Liability in the Field of Nuclear Energy of 29 July 1960, as Amended by the Additional Protocol of 28 January 1964
16 November 1982
23 May 1986
10
Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material
23 August 1983
7 August 1986
11
Protocol for the Protection of the Mediterranean Sea Against Pollution from Land-based Sources
17 May 1980
18 March 1987
12
Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency
28 September 1986
3 September 1990
13
Convention on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident
28 September 1986
3 September 1990
14
Convention on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution
21 April 1992
6 March 1994
15
Convention on Nuclear Safety
24 September 1994
14 January 1995
16
Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty
3 November 1999
26 December 1999
17
Joint Protocol Relating to the Application of the Vienna and the Paris Conventions
21 September 1988
19 November 2006
18
Synchrotron Light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East
11 September 2002
23 March 2012
19
Protocol to Amend the Convention on Third Party Liability in the Field of Nuclear Energy of 29 July 1960, as Amended by the Additional Protocol of 28 January 1964 and by the Protocol of 16 November 1982
12 February 2004

20
Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material
8 July 2005
24 April 2015
21
International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism
14 September 2005
8 May 2012
22
Agreement Between the Republic of Turkey and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) Concerning the Granting of the Status of Associate Member at CERN
12 May 2014
28 April 2015
23
Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management

Ratification process is ongoing

Cooperation agreements with the IAEA in the area of nuclear power


NAME
SIGNED ON
RATIFICATION
1
Agreement Between the Government of the Republic of Turkey and the IAEA for the Application of Safeguards in Connection with the NPT
30 June 1981
20 October 1981
2
Protocol Additional to the Agreement Between the Government of the Republic of Turkey and the IAEA for the Application of Safeguards in Connection with the NPT
6 July 2000
12 July 2001

Bilateral agreements with other countries or organizations signed/ratified by Turkey in the field of nuclear power



NAME

SIGNED ON

RATIFICATION
1
Agreement Between the Government of Canada and the Government of the Republic of Turkey for Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy
18 June 1985
29 June 1986
2
Agreement Between the Government of the Republic of Turkey and the Government of the Argentine Republic for Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy
3 May 1988
8 February 1992
3
Agreement Between the Government of Turkey and the Republic of Bulgaria on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident and Exchange of Information on Nuclear Facilities
28 July 1997
11 September 1997
4
Agreement Between the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Government of the Republic of Turkey for Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy
14 January 1998

5
Agreement Between the Government of the Republic of Korea and the Government of the Republic of Turkey for Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy
26 October 1998
12 April 1999
6
Agreement Between the Government of the French Republic and the Government of the Republic of Turkey for Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy
21 September 1999
18 May 2011
7
Agreement Between the Government of the Republic of Turkey and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident and Exchange of Information on Nuclear Facilities
23 November 2000
2 May 2001
8
Agreement Between the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Turkey for Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy
26 July 2000
9 July 2006
9
Agreement Between the Government of the Republic of Turkey and the Government of Romania on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident
3 March 2008
16 May 2008
10
Memorandum of Understanding for Technical Cooperation and Exchange of Information in Nuclear Regulatory Matters Between the Turkish Atomic Energy Authority and the State Nuclear Regulatory Committee of Ukraine
7 June 2005
22 October 2008
11
Agreement Between the Government of the Republic of Turkey and the Government of the Russian Federation for Cooperation in the Use of Nuclear Energy for Peaceful Purposes
6 August 2009
12 February 2011
12
Agreement Between the Government of the Republic of Turkey and the Government of the Russian Federation on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident and Exchange of Information on Nuclear Facilities
6 August 2009
12 February 2011
13
Agreement Between the Government of the Republic of Turkey and the Russian Federation on Cooperation in Relation to the Construction and Operation of a Nuclear Power Plant at the Akkuyu Site in the Republic of Turkey
12 May 2010
6 October 2010
14
Agreement Between the Turkish Atomic Energy Authority (the Republic of Turkey) and the Federal Environmental, Industrial and Nuclear Supervision Service (the Russian Federation) for Cooperation in the Field of Nuclear Licensing and Supervision
8 June 2010
8 June 2010
15
Agreement Between the Government of the Republic of Turkey and the Government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan for Cooperation in the Use of Nuclear Energy for Peaceful Purposes
17 February 2011
5 June 2015
16
Agreement between the Government of the People’s Republic of China and the Government of the Republic of Turkey for Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy
9 April 2012
2 September 2016
17
Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Turkey and the Government of Japan for Cooperation in the Use of Nuclear Energy for Peaceful Purposes
3 May 2013
22 April 2014
18
Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Turkey and the Government of Japan on Cooperation for the Development of Nuclear Power Plants and the Nuclear Power Industry in the Republic of Turkey and Memorandum of Cooperation Between the Government of the Republic of Turkey and the Government of Japan on Cooperation on the Development of Nuclear Power Plants and the Nuclear Power Industry in the Republic of Turkey
3 May 2013
23 May 2015
19
Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Turkey and the Government of the Republic of Belarus on Cooperation in the Use of Nuclear Energy for Peaceful Purposes
11 November 2016

Other relevant international agreements


NAME

RATIFICATION
1
Zangger Committee
Member
21 October 1999
2
Nuclear Suppliers Group
Member
20 April 2000

APPENDIX 2. MAIN ORGANIZATIONS, INSTITUTIONS AND COMPANIES INVOLVED IN NUCLEAR POWER RELATED ACTIVITIES

Ministry of Interior Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency

Üniversiteler Mah. Dumlupinar Bulvari, No. 159 (Eskisehir Yolu 9. Km) Çankaya/Ankara

www.afad.gov.tr

Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources

Türkocagi Cad. No. 2 Çankaya 

Ankara

www.enerji.gov.tr

Ministry of the Environment and Urbanism

Vekaletler Cad. No. 1 Bakanliklar

Ankara

www.csb.gov.tr

Nuclear Regulatory Authority

Mustafa Kemal Mahallesi, Dumlupinar Bulvari, No. 192

06510 Çankaya, Ankara

http://ndk.gov.tr/tr/

Turkish Atomic Energy Agency

Mustafa Kemal Mahallesi, Dumlupinar Bulvari, No. 192

06510 Çankaya, Ankara

www.taek.gov.tr

Energy Market Regulatory Authority

Isçi Bloklari Mah. Muhsin Yazicioglu Cad. No. 51/C Yüzüncüyil, Çankaya

Ankara

www.epdk.gov.tr

Turkish Electricity Transmission Company

Inönü Bulvari No. 27 Bahçelievler

Ankara

www.teias.gov.tr

Turkish Electricity Trading and Contracting Company

Eskisehir Yolu 7. Km No. 166 Çankaya

Ankara

www.tetas.gov.tr

Turkish Electricity Generation Company

Nasuh Akar Mah. Türkocagi Cad. No. 2/F-1

Ankara

www.euas.gov.tr

OTHER ORGANIZATIONS

Akkuyu NPP Electricity Generation Company

Güvenevler Mah. Farabi Sok. No. 27 Çankaya

Ankara

www.akkunpp.com

Hacettepe University Nuclear Engineering Department

06532 Beytepe, Ankara

www.nuke.hacettepe.edu.tr

Nuclear Engineers Society

www.nmd.org.tr

Technical University of Istanbul Institute for Energy

Ayazaga Kampusu

80626 Istanbul

www.energy.itu.edu.tr

Ege University Institute of Nuclear Sciences

Izmir

http://nukleer.ege.edu.tr

Hacettepe University Institute of Nuclear Sciences

Ankara

www.nukleerbilimler.hacettepe.edu.tr

Ankara University Institute of Nuclear Sciences

Ankara

http://nukbilimler.ankara.edu.tr

Name of report coordinator:

Salih SARI

Head of Nuclear Infrastructure Development Department

Institution: Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, General Directorate of Nuclear Energy and International Projects

www.enerji.gov.tr

https://nukleer.enerji.gov.tr/en-US/Mainpage

Contacts:

Türkocagi Cad. No. 2 Çankaya  Ankara Turkey

Tel.: (+90) 312 212 6420 Email: ssari@enerji.gov.tr