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Egypt’s first NPP unit receives green signal for construction

  • Special Correspondent
  • 5 July, 2022 12:00 AM
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Egypt’s first NPP unit receives green signal for construction

Unit-1 of El-Dabaa Nuclear Power Plant in Egypt has received construction permit from the Egyptian Nuclear and Radiological Regulatory Authority (ENRRA) recently.

This permit, along with excavation works at the site, is a prerequisite for the beginning of the main construction.

“Today, we were granted the permit to build the first unit of the first Egyptian nuclear power plant. Today, we etched in gold Egypt joining the ranks of countries building nuclear power plants after over 70 years of waiting for this dream to come true,” said Dr. Amged El-Wakeel, Board Chairman of Nuclear Power Plants Authority of Egypt.

“Obtaining a construction permit for Unit 1 is a momentous occasion paving the way for the launch of full-scale construction of the first NPP in Egypt. Rosatom will build a reliable state-of-the-art NPP with reactors based on the innovative generation III+ Russian VVER-1200 reactors. It meets the world’s highest safety standards and successfully operates in Russia. El-Dabaa NPP will be the first nuclear power plant of this generation in the African continent. It will further secure the country’s regional technological leadership,” said Alexey Likhachev, Director General of Rosatom. 

“We have done tremendous work preparing licensing documentation, which resulted in the granting of the permit by the regulatory authority. Pouring the “First Concrete” at Unit-1 is up next, signifying the beginning of the active stage of the project’s construction works,” noted Alexander Korchagin, Senior Vice President for NPP Construction Project Management at Rosatom Engineering Division.

In 2021, in accordance with the schedule, Rosatom engineering division handed over the necessary project documentation to the NPP’s owner to obtain permit for the construction of four power units of the El-Dabaa NPP.

El-Dabaa NPP is the first nuclear power plant in Egypt which will be built in the city of El Dabaa on the Mediterranean coast, 300 km North-West of Cairo. The NPP will host four power units each with a 1,200 MW capacity.

The NPP is being constructed in accordance with the package of contracts that entered into force on December 11, 2017. In accordance with the contract, Russia constructs the power plant, supplies nuclear fuel for the entire life cycle of the NPP, provides assistance to the Egyptian side in training the personnel, and supports operation and service during the first 10 years of its operation. Under a separate agreement, Russia will build special storage and will supply containers for storing spent nuclear fuel.