Egypt announces fees for nuclear plant permit

Ahram Online, Friday 3 Oct 2014

Egyptian government started developing the infrastructure for a nuclear power plant in Dabaa in May

An undated old photo shows the site where Egypt plans to build its 900-megawatt pressurized-water-reactor nuclear power plant, on the edge of the town of el-Dabaa, 388 km northwest of Cairo (Photo: AFP)

Egypt's cabinet announced details of the fees to establish nuclear power plants to generate electricity or distilled water.

The process includes a fee for the location permit of LE1.5 million, an establishing permit fee of LE3 million, a fee for pre-activation tests set at LE1 million and a fee for production at LE1 million.

Another fee will be applied to running a nuclear facility, which will be a share of 0.001 percent of annual production.

Fees will also be charged for research reactiors; location permits and the fee for establishing the facility are LE100,000 each, pre-activation tests will cost LE80,000, and annual operations will require a fee of LE20,000.

The details of the costs were announced in the government’s official gazette.

The Egyptian government started developing the infrastructure for a nuclear power plant in May in Dabaa on the Mediterranean coast.

A global tender to international companies for the Dabaa plant is expected before the end of the calendar year, state-owned Al-Ahram newspaper reported in July.

In a speech last month, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said that electricity production and distribution were not developed enough to keep up with consumption.

The speech was a response to a large-scale power outage in various parts of the country, part of an ongoing power crisis that has seen recurrent power outages nationwide throughout the summer.

In an attempt to solve the crisis the government has annoucned plans to focus on renewable energy, and to allow the the import and use of coal to generate electricity.

Feed-in tariffs were announced two weeks ago to encourage investments in solar and wind energies.

The scarcity of water has also become a rising concern. The state’s statistcs agency reported in May that Egyptians have on average access to 663 cubic metres of clean water annually, well below the international water poverty threshold.

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