Context and challenges
In May 2010 Russia and Turkey signed an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) to construct four VVER 1,200 MW (total capacity : 4,800 MW) reactors in Akkuyu at the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. The expected cost of the project is 20 billon USD and it will be the first nuclear power plant project that will be constructed with the build, own and operate (BOO) model.
For this nuclear power plant project, one of the most important and crucial structures are the marine hydraulic structures including water intake and discharge structures together with a port. It is necessary to determine the soil parameters and soil profiles under the foundations, in order adapt the structures features and minimize risks. Due to the need of cooling water for the operation of nuclear power plants, detailed hydrological surveys are crucial.
A major construction company managing large infrastructure projects has been appointed for the EPC of these structures.
In this context, this client has appointed Assystem to perform site surveys required for the detailed design and construction of the marine hydraulic structures of the nuclear power plant.