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Egypt says to start building first nuclear plant Dabaa in next two years

Reuters , Ahram Online , Sunday 1 Jul 2018
File photo: Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi shake hands during their bilateral meeting at the BRICS Summit in Xiamen, Fujian province, China, on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017. (Photo: AP)
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Egypt said on Sunday that construction of its first nuclear power plant, to be built by Russia, will begin in the next two to two-and-a-half years.

The 4,800 megawatt (MW) capacity plant at Dabaa in the north of the country, aims to be up and running by 2026, a spokesman for the energy and electricity ministry told Reuters.

Moscow and Cairo signed an agreement in 2015 for Russia to build a nuclear power plant in Egypt, with Russia extending a loan to Egypt to cover the cost of construction.

Egypt’s official gazette said in 2016 the loan was worth $25 billion and would finance 85 percent of the value of each work contract, services and equipment shipping. Egypt would fund the remaining 15 percent.

Last December, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin attended in Cairo the signing of the agreement, which officially marked the launching of the power plant project.

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