Head of Russian firm arrives to Cairo for near-end negotiations on Dabaa nuclear plant

Ahram Online , Thursday 19 Nov 2015

A deal is expected to be signed by year's end, with the plant operational in 2022

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi in a meeting with Rosatom's Sergey Kiriyenko in August 2015( Photo: Al-Ahram)

Sergey Kiriyenko, the head of Russia's state-owned nuclear firm Rosatom, arrived to Cairo Thursday to resume negotiations related to building Egypt’s Dabaa nuclear plant, the state owned MENA news agency reported.

Kiriyenko and a Russian delegation are to meet a number of Egyptian officials to discuss final procedures related to the project.

The visit comes only a week after Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi asked top officials to finalise all legal and technical procedures in order to implement a Russian bid to establish a nuclear power plant on the country's Mediterranean coast.

Anton Moskvin, Rosatom's vice president for overseas projects, told Reuters earlier that the deal was expected to be signed by the end of the year with the project completed in 2022.

The plant would be located at an existing nuclear site in Dabaa on the Mediterranean coast, west of Alexandria.

The nuclear plant project, revived in 2013 under Interim President Adly Mansour, will be used to ameliorate a significant electricity shortage that has caused frequent blackouts in recent years. 

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