Egypt's Sisi follows up on progress at Dabaa nuclear plant

Ahram Online , Monday 28 Dec 2020

Sisi said Egypt hopes the project will serve as a new addition to the joint Egyptian-Russian achievements throughout history


President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and a number of officials discussed on Monday the executive situation at the Dabaa Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), the first Egyptian nuclear energy facility, a presidential statement said.

The meeting, held at the presidential palace in Cairo, was attended by Electricity Minister Mohamed Shaker and the chairman of the Nuclear Power Plants Authority Amgad Al-Wakil, as well as Alexey Likhachev, the director-general of ROSATOM, Gregory Sosnin, deputy director of ROSATOM, and the Russian ambassador to Egypt, Georgy Borisenko.

El-Sisi said Egypt hopes the project will serve as a new addition to the joint Egyptian-Russian achievements throughout history, the statement added.

He also voiced his confidence in what he described as "the well-established" experience that Russia possesses, adding that this "will certainly be reflected in the establishment of the plant in accordance with the highest technical and technological standards and nuclear safety."

According to the statement, the director-general of ROSATOM said the project is a priority for Russia, which is keen on completing it according to the specified timeframe and the highest standards.

Likhachev praised the technical expertise of the Egyptian human cadres and construction companies that take part in the construction of the plant, noting that the project will add much to Egypt's capabilities in electricity production and support the process of sustainable development.

He praised the current investment and economic climate in Egypt that allows the establishment of joint development projects.

He also congratulated the president on the successful containing of the repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic in Egypt, as well as achieving unique, positive growth rates during the current year.

On 19 November 2015, Egypt and Russia signed an agreement to build Egypt’s first nuclear power plant in Dabaa, Matrouh governorate in northern Egypt.

The plant consists of 4 VVER-1,200 nuclear reactors, making the total capacity of the power plant 4,800 MW.

The NPP is expected to begin producing power in 2026.

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