The seminar organized by Rosatom State Corporation and Akkuyu Nuclear project company for the suppliers of Akkuyu NPP project started on October 3, 2018 in Mersin (Turkey). The seminar is supported by the Mersin and Ankara chambers of commerce and industry. 
The following officials took part in the seminar opening ceremony:  
Mr. Ibrahim Dere, Head of Nuclear Energy Project Implementation Department, General Directorate of Nuclear Energy, Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, Republic of Turkey; 
Mr. Adbulkadir Delek, General Secretary of Mersin Chamber of Trade and Industry; 
Dr. Yavuz Jabbar, General Secretary of Ankara Chamber of Industry, 
with Mr. Anton Dedusenko, Deputy chairman of the AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC Board of Directors and First Deputy CEO for project management of JSC Rusatom Energy International, who made a welcoming speech to the participants of the seminar. 
During his speech at the opening ceremony Dere noted: "The nuclear power plant will provide Turkey with not only a stable generation of environmentally friendly energy. The safety issues in the nuclear industry set out higher requirements for the quality of works, services and equipment. Therefore the involvement in Akkuyu NPP construction project offers the Turkish suppliers a unique opportunity to improve their professional competence and production culture, which enables them to become partners in future for construction projects of nuclear power stations both in Turkey and the third countries.” 
In his welcoming speech Anton Dedusenko outlined the value of the seminar for establishing of straightforward and open dialogue with Turkish companies within the project. “According to preliminary estimates, the Turkish party will have opportunity to provide about 40% of all works during construction of Akkuyu NPP. Besides, the project implementation model Build-Own-Operate shall be also considered, where we can expect from the potential large suppliers to participate in the project not only as contractors but possibly as investors. This principle has a significant effect for the localization level. The today’s seminar is aimed at the development of effective cooperation with Turkish suppliers. This is the first but not last seminar. It is particularly up to date considering the commencement of the full-scale construction works within Akkuyu NPP started in April 2018, immediately after the construction license was granted. We are expected to perform a large volume of both general construction works, procurement and installment works related to various equipment both for the NPP itself and auxiliary facilities, and we expect to implement these works in collaboration with you” - the speaker stated. 
The representatives of the following Rosatom subsidiaries made their presentations during the first day of the seminar: Rusatom Energy International, AKKUYU NUCLEAR, Regional center of Rosatom in the Middle East and North Africa, ASE (Engineering Division of Rosatom). 
In his speech Mr. Alexender Voronkov, regional vice-president and CEO of Rosatom Middle East and North Africa, told about Rosatom history and VVER technology evolution that nowadays is used in construction projects of 36 power units in 12 countries being implemented by Rosatom. The speaker outlined the status of the largest Rosatom projects both in the foreign market and in the MENA region in particular. According to Mr. Voronkov the international success of Rosatom is based on its over 70-year experience in the nuclear industry and application of the cutting-edge solutions and technology which assure the effectiveness and safety of Russian nuclear design products and solutions. 
Representatives of “Rusatom Energy Internationl” and AKKUYU NUCLEAR project company shared with the audience information about project key parameters, opportunities for potential suppliers, the “Single Window” service established for simple and effective cooperation with Turkish companies, as well as procurement plans for 2018-2020. 
The Rosatom partners made presentations on their work experience in implementing foreign project6 such as Russian JSC CONCERN TITAN-2, Finnish construction company Andament Group (Rosatom supplier under the project Hanhikivi-1 NPP), Assystem and Cengiz companies cooperating with AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC in Turkey. 
Over 300 participants took part in the seminar representing Turkish companies in the area of construction, machine building, engineering, supply of equipment and etc. The seminar will work untill October 5, 2018. The second and the third days will be dedicated to round-table discussions of opportunities for the suppliers of various equipment and services as well as individual B2B business-meetings of Turkish companies with the representatives of Akkuyu NPP project team - enterprises of Russian nuclear industry. During the final day the participants will visit the Akkuyu NPP construction site.
Source: ROSATOM Communications Department