The company said the 355-tonne component was completed eight months ahead of schedule. It is being shipped from Atommash’s factory in Volgodonsk, southwest Russia, via the Don River, the Black and Aegean Seas to the Akkuyu site near Mersin on Turkey’s southern Mediterranean coast
In a pressurised water reactor, the steam generators act as heat exchangers where water carrying heat generated from the nuclear reaction is used to turn demineralised water into steam.
The $20bn Akkuyu, the first commercial nuclear power station in Turkey, is being built by Russian state-owned nuclear corporation Rosatom under a contract signed in 2010.
The station will have four Generation III+ VVER-1200 units, with the first expected to come online in 2023 and a further unit starting every year afterwards.