1 Nov 2022 09:45

Rosatom secures construction permit for second unit of El Dabaa nuclear plant in Egypt

MOSCOW. Nov 1 (Interfax) - Egypt's Nuclear and Radiological Regulatory Authority (ENRRA) has granted a construction permit for the second generating unit of the El Dabaa Nuclear Power Plant, the country's Nuclear Power Plants Authority (NPPA) reported.

The ENRRA conducted an inspection of the conditions and readiness of the site for the start of construction on October 23-27.

In another statement issued the same day, the NPPA said that the first concrete for the second unit might be poured on November 19, 2022.

Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom said earlier that construction would tentatively begin in November. Construction of the first unit of the plant began in July.

Russia and Egypt signed an intergovernmental agreement on the construction of the nuclear power plant in November 2015. The EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) contract for the El Dabaa NPP was signed on December 31, 2016.

Rosatom CEO Alexei Likhachyov and Egyptian Electricity and Renewable Energy Minister Mohamed Shaker signed documents to put into force the commercial contracts for the construction of the four-unit El Dabaa NPP in December 2017 in Cairo. Construction of all four units is scheduled for completion in 2028-2029.