Putin to virtually attend foundation laying at Dabaa Nuclear Power Plant: Kremlin

Ahram Online , Monday 22 Jan 2024

Russian President Vladamir Putin will join, via video call, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi for the laying of the foundation for the fourth and final reactor at the Dabaa Nuclear Power Plant (DNPP) on Tuesday, the Kremlin announced on Monday.

Dabaa nuclear power plant
File Photo: Dabaa nuclear power plant .Photo courtesy of Rosatom


It is unclear whether El-Sisi will attend the event in person, or will also be joining via video call.

Kremlin announced Friday that the Russian president would attend the event, without mentioning the video call, led to mistaken reports in Egyptian and Arab media that Putin would be traveling to Egypt.  

The DNPP, located in the city of Dabaa in the Matrouh governorate, is the Russian Rosatom State Corporation’s first project in Egypt and Africa.

The power plant will include four reactors with a capacity of 1.2 GW each.

Egypt’s Nuclear Power Plants Authority (NPPA) and Rosatom began building the first and second reactors in 2022. In May 2023, the foundation was laid for the third reactor.

The total cost of the DNPP project is estimated at $30 billion.

Egypt expects the power plant to be fully operational by 2030.

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