The Egyptian Nuclear Power Plants Authority (NPPA) announced on Wednesday the start of construction of the first of four nuclear reactors supplied by Russia to El-Dabaa. Electricity and Renewable Energy Minister Mohamed Shaker, NPPA Chairman Amged El-Wakeel and Rosatom Managing Director Alexey Likhachov attended a ceremony at the power plant to mark the pouring of the first concrete for El-Dabaa 1.
“The launch of the construction of Unit 1 of the El-Dabaa nuclear power plant means that Egypt has joined the nuclear club,” Likhachov said. “The construction of the nuclear power plant will allow Egypt to reach a new level of technological, industrial and educational development.
The Russian official stressed that the plant will be the largest Russian-Egyptian cooperation project since the Aswan High Dam between 1960 and 1970. “Having its own nuclear energy industry has been a dream of the Egyptian people for more than ‘a half-century. , and it is a great honor for Rosatom to make this dream come true.”
Shaker confirmed that the construction of the plant is a “great pleasure” for the Egyptian government. “It’s a historic event.” He added that political leadership and Egyptian-Russian cooperation ensured the implementation of this ambitious project despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. “It had no negative impact.”
The El-Dabaa nuclear power plant project is located 320 kilometers northwest of Cairo. The project was developed after the contracts were signed on December 11, 2017. According to World nuclear news, it will have four VVER-1200 units like those already in service at the Leningrad and Novovoronezh nuclear power plants in Russia, and the Ostrovets nuclear power plant in Belarus.
The contract stipulates that Rosatom will not only build the plant, but also supply nuclear fuel for its entire life cycle. The company will assist its Egyptian partners in training staff and maintaining the plant for the first 10 years of operation.
Rosatom is also responsible for building a special storage facility and providing containers for storing spent nuclear fuel.
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