Rosatom signed an agreement on construction of 4-unit nuclear power plant in Egypt


Moscow. November 19. Russia and Egypt signed in Cairo an intergovernmental agreement on NPP construction in Egypt, said on Thursday Rosatom.

“Today we have the Minister of electricity and energy Mohamed Shaker have signed in the presence of the President of Egypt, his Excellency Abdel Fattah al-Sisi intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in the construction and operation of a nuclear power plant with four nuclear power units of 1200 MW each,” said the head of “Rosatom” Sergey Kiriyenko.

According to the head of Rosatom, is the most important document defining the parameters of the first Egyptian nuclear power plant to be built on Russian technology. “We also agreed on the intensification and further development of nuclear infrastructure in Egypt,” he said, noting that the proposed Rosatom power plant is the reference and meets the latest international requirements in the field of security.

In addition, the parties signed an intergovernmental agreement on joint work of the Supervisory authorities of the two countries. In the documents spelled out the issues of ensuring the future nuclear power plant nuclear fuel commitments for operation, maintenance and repairs of power units of the station. The document also regulates the issues of SNF (spent nuclear fuel), training of NPP personnel, assistance to Egypt in improving the system of norms and rules in the field of nuclear energy and nuclear infrastructure.

The parties believe that the project will be implemented in 12 years, the report said.

Kiriyenko said that the nuclear power plant in Dabaa will be the largest joint project of Russia and Egypt since the creation of the Aswan dam, “this is truly a new page in the history of Russian-Egyptian bilateral relations. The first nuclear power plant will make Egypt a regional technology leader and the only country in the region with nuclear power plants of generation 3+”, – he told, having added that now on the site Dabaa are the first Russian experts in early December to site the equipment arrives and will start survey work. In 2016, the National nuclear University MEPhI will begin training the first students from Egypt.