Rosatom gets green light to build first unit of Egyptian nuclear power plant

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Russian nuclear company Rosatom has obtained a permit to build Unit I of the El-Dabaa Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) from the Egyptian Nuclear and Radiological Regulatory Authority (ENRRA)

The nuclear facility, which will be built in the city of El Dabaa on the Mediterranean coast, will include four power units, with a capacity of 1.2 GW each.

Last year, the Russian nuclear energy company submitted the project documentation required for obtaining the permit for the construction of four power units at the El-Dabaa nuclear facility.

The permit, together with the excavation works on the site, will allow Rosatom to initiate the main construction works on the site of the nuclear power plant.

Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Nuclear Power Plant Authority of Egypt, Dr. Amged El-Wakeel, said: “Today we have obtained the permit to build the first unit of Egypt’s first nuclear power plant.

“Today we etched in gold Egypt joining the ranks of countries building nuclear power plants after more than 70 years of waiting for this dream to come true.”

When completed, it will be Egypt’s first nuclear power plant.

The nuclear facility will be built under contracts that entered into force on December 11, 2017.

Under the contract, Rosatom will be responsible for the delivery of nuclear fuel for the entire life cycle of the plant.

It will also provide staff training, as well as operational and service support for the first ten years of its operation.

In a separate agreement, Rosatom has also agreed to build a special storage unit and will provide containers to store spent nuclear fuel.

Rosatom Managing Director Alexey Likhachev said: “Getting [the] Building permit for Unit 1 is a momentous occasion, paving the way for the start of large-scale construction of Egypt’s first nuclear power plant.

“Rosatom will build a reliable and state-of-the-art nuclear power plant, with reactors based on the Russian VVER-1200 design of the innovative generation III+.

“It meets the highest security standards in the world and operates successfully in Russia. The El-Dabaa nuclear power plant will be the first nuclear power plant of this generation on the African continent. This will further strengthen the country’s regional technological leadership.

Last month, Rosatom signed an agreement with the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) to promote nuclear projects.

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