4-5 March 2020, Turkey, Istanbul. ROSATOM State Atomic Energy Corporation and AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC organized a seminar for the suppliers of the Akkuyu NPP project within the scope of 7th Nuclear Power Plants Expo & Summit NPPES-2020, in Istanbul.
Aleksandr Voronkov, Director of Rosatom Regional Centre in Middle East and North Africa; Arseniy Titov, Trade Manager of Rosatom Energy International JSC. (REIN JSC.); AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC Construction Department Manager Sezemin, representatives of ASE EC JSC (Engineering Division of Rosatom Corporation) Igor Yusupov, Construction Works Department Contract Manager, and Olesya Zolotareva, Purchasing Manager of Construction Affairs Department, address their speeches to the seminar participants. Moreover, Philippe Costes Senior Advisor of World Nuclear Association (WNA) and Prof. Dr. Üner Çolak, Head of Department of Istanbul Technical University Energy Institute Nuclear Researches and Renewable Energy address their speeches as well.
In the practical sessions of the seminar, representatives of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC and the representatives of the company established in partnership with the project contractors TİTAN-2 A Inc. and IC İÇTAŞ İNŞAAT Inc. provided information about working with the supply chain, localization of the purchase and the practical examples of the Akkuyu NPP project working with Turkish supplier companies. Natalya Medvedeva, Head of the Qualified Order and Counter Corruption Training Department of Rosatom Corporate Academy, which is a nonprofit organization, presented the participants the training opportunities devoted to the employees of companies wanting to become a supplier of the nuclear industry on the based upon the Academy.
In special sessions, issues such as purchasing procedures and actual purchasing program, preparation of tender documents and rules for participating in the tender were discussed within the scope of Akkuyu NPP construction project in 2020.
Damla Erdem, Managing Partner of EKE ENDÜSTRİ TESİSLERİ TAAH. VE TIC. JSC.; the company that won the tender to supply the containers used for general purposes during construction works mentioned: “We are honored with our company accomplishing to be the supplier of the Akkuyu NPP project, a milestone for our country. Our company has been operating in the market for 16 years. Still, the conditions for participating in the tender and the excessive documents required appeared to be a difficult target for us in the beginning. The statements provided by the project participants aided us to prepare the documents. A good beginning is half the battle, and now we are ready to measure our strength in other tenders of the Akkuyu project”.
Onur Uztuğ, the representative of the Turkish GNA Company, which supplies the equipment used for the recycling of irradiated nuclear fuels, said: “We acquired much beneficial information about the document conditions and tender rules to participate in Akkuyu tenders, and we come to know the important links for interaction at the B2B meeting. The systems and technologies used in the recycling of irradiated nuclear fuels provide many advantages to nuclear energy while making such production clean and reliable. Solutions for recycling irradiated nuclear fuels for the Akkuyu project appear to be long-term for the moment. Yet, we have decided to get acquainted so that we can take part in the supply and offer our equipment for the Akkuyu project at present”.
Ömer Kaya, Marketing and Sales Manager of Turkish SMS-TORK Company mentioned: «It was beneficial for us to attend a seminar organized for suppliers. Our company has already passed the technical inspection phase, but we need to communicate directly with the project participants. We have been meticulously following the purchasing processes of the project for five years and regularly attend seminars for suppliers for the last two and three years. I would be delighted to state that the seminar held this year was the most intense and informative one, and we have received all the necessary information. At the same time, we got together with the representatives of the company established in partnership with the project contractors TİTAN-2 A Inc. and I.C. İÇTAŞ İNŞAAT Inc. at firsthand».
For two days of the seminar, more than 200 NPPES delegates, representatives of Turkish and foreign suppliers and nuclear industry enterprises attended. Within the scope of the work program bilateral meetings in B2B format with experts from the purchasing department of the company established in partnership with the project contractors TİTAN-2 A Inc and IC İÇTAŞ İNŞAAT Inc for approximately 198 representatives of 50 Turkish and foreign companies were planned. Rosatom Atomic Energy Corporation and AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC became the leading partners of the summit and attended the NPPES-2020 Expo, where they presented the advanced solutions of Rosatom in energy and non-energy technologies. Exhibition visitors had the chance to learn about Rosatom’s activities and the company’s international projects by implementing the multilingual smart display. Rosatom and AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC employees provided the guests with information about the features of the security systems used in the Akkuyu NPP project, including the VVER-1200 type 3+ generation reactor technology and the progress of the project.
At the NPPES-2020 Expo, there were stands of 121 Turkish companies and 17 different countries’ stands, such as Russia, Spain, France, Germany, Ukraine, England, Hungary, Finland, USA, Switzerland and others. More than 1,900 delegates and guests attended the NPPES-2020 summit.