Egypt is continuing efforts to implement its peaceful nuclear power programme to meet growing economic and industrial demand, in cooperation with its strategic partner in this field, Russia, the electricity minister has said.
Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy Mohamed Shaker spoke during his participation in the general meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna on Monday.
The minster said that the Egyptian nuclear programme is led and supervised by “highly qualified and professional cadres.”
In November 2015, Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi oversaw the signing of the deal between Egypt and Russia to establish the first Egyptian nuclear power plant.
Expected to be completed within 12 years, the Dabaa plant will be the largest Russian-Egyptian project since the Aswan Dam, the then-head of Rosatom said during the signing ceremony in 2015.
The plant will have a capacity of 4,800 megawatts.
Shaker said the ministry aims at diversifying electricity sources to include wind, solar, coal, nuclear, gas, and petroleum sources, to meet the increasing demand for electricity, which stood at 30,800 megawatts this summer.
The minster also affirmed that all technical, financial and legal aspects of the draft contracts, which include the supply of nuclear fuel, operation, maintenance and management of spent fuel have been finalised.