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Third batch of Turkish nuclear energy experts graduate from Russia

A model of the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant in Mersin, Turkey [Wikicommons]
A model of the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant in Mersin, Turkey [Wikicommons]

The third batch of Turkish experts studying in the field of nuclear energy have graduated from the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (MEPhI) of the Russian National Research Nuclear University, Anadolu news agency reported.

The agency said the new graduates will work at Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant in Mersin, southern Turkey.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony, İbrahim Halil Dere, Nuclear Energy general director in the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, congratulated the new graduates, adding that it is time for Turkey to reach its 60-year-old dream of acquiring nuclear energy.

In 2010, Turkey began the construction of the Akkuyu plant in accordance with an intergovernmental agreement with Russia.

The nuclear reactor is scheduled to start operating in 2023, while the plant is expected to be fully operational by 2025.

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