June 30, 2021, Cairo, Egypt – Nuclear Power Plants Authority (NPPA) of Egypt handed over the licensing documentation for Units 1 and 2 of El Dabaa NPP construction to Egyptian Nuclear and Radiological Regulatory Authority (ENRRA). This marked an important milestone in the implementation of El Dabaa NPP Project in the path forward to issue the construction permit for first two units. Once the permit is obtained Parties will be able to start full-scale construction.
“Since the launch of the Egyptian nuclear project under the auspices of the political leadership, we have spared no effort in implementing the successive commitments related to the project development. The event was preceded by joint extensive work of NPPA and ASE (engineering division of Rosatom) for finalizing the licensing documentation. Today, we are proud of the completion of this work with the highest quality standards, fulfilling local and international requirements”, said Dr. Amged El-Wakeel, Board Chairman of NPPA.
“Thanks to the coordinated efforts of Russian and Egyptian teams, a challenging task of documentation agreement was promptly accomplished, taking into account technical requirements of the EPC Contract and adaptation to the site conditions”, noted Dr. Grigory Sosnin, Vice President - Director of El-Dabaa NPP Construction Project of JSC ASE.
The El Dabaa Nuclear Power Plant will be the first nuclear power plant in Egypt. It will be built in El-Dabaa city in the Governorate of Matrouh on the coastlines of the Mediterranean Sea.
The El Dabaa NPP will comprise four units each of them has a capacity of 1200 MW, equipped with a Generation III+ VVER-1200 reactor, considered to be the latest technology for nuclear power plants and which has already been successfully implemented in two other countries. There are four units operating in Russia equipped with Generation III+ reactors, two of them are at at Leningrad nuclear power plant and the other at Novovoronezh nuclear power plant. Outside of Russia, one VVER-1200 reactor equipped power unit at Belarus nuclear power plant was connected to the grid in November 2020.
The construction of the Nuclear Power Plant is being carried out in accordance with the suite of contracts that entered into force on 11 December 2017. According to the underlying contractual obligations, the Russian Party will not only build the nuclear power plant, but will also supply nuclear fuel throughout the lifecycle of the Nuclear Power Plant. The Russian Party will also arrange for the training of the Egyptian personnel and will assist the Egyptian Party in the operation and maintenance of the Nuclear Power Plant for the first 10 years of its operation. In addition, the Russian Party will build a storage facility for storing spent nuclear fuel.