Egypt and Russia reaching final agreements on Dabaa nuclear power plant construction

Egypt considers the talks with Russia on construction of Dabaa, the country’s first Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), to be quite efficient, Electricity and Renewable Energy Minister Mohamed Shaker said Monday. We also invited him as a speaker in the upcoming Nuclear New Build Summit Egypt 2018, you can register now or contact us for more.

“We have made some headway in preparing all strategic agreements (on NPP construction in Egypt – TASS) with the Russian Federation, our strategic partner. We have also finalized all technical, financial and legal issues,” he said.

“Hopefully, we will sign a comprehensive agreement on implementation of Egypt’s nuclear program in the near future,” the minister added.

According to Shaker, Egypt has “few traditional sources for electric power generation [hydrocarbons – TASS],” which is why nuclear power development is strategically important for the country.

Russia and Egypt signed an inter-governmental agreement to construct the first nuclear power plant in El Dabaa in November 2015. The facility consisting of four power units with 1,200 MW capacity each, will be built near the city of El Alamein on Egypt’s northern coast, 3.5 kilometers away from the Mediterranean Sea. The launch of the first unit is expected in 2024. The total cost of the project is estimated at $30 bln.

Rosatom seeks to educate Egyptians about establishing El Dabaa nuclear plant

Russian Rosatom seeks to educate Egyptians about the importance of nuclear energy and answer the questions they have about the importance and benefits of nuclear plants.

Nuclear New Build Summit Egypt 2018 will be held in Cairo, Egypt on January 30-31, 2018, and it will provide you more information, you can register or contact us for more!

Alexey Likhachov, the director general of Rosatom, said that the company is hoping to communicate with opinion leaders and thinkers to arrange a conference over the upcoming period to eliminate nuclear energy illiteracy and provide them with information about the establishment of a nuclear power plant and nuclear safety, especially that the establishment of El Dabaa plant is not new for the companies who have established several other nuclear plants.

Likhachov stressed that the nuclear plant will not pose any danger to the lives of Egyptians and that those who are not specialised must be educated in order to eliminate the wrong perceptions about nuclear plants.

He said that Rosatom is not only a centre for scientific research in the nuclear sector, but it is also one that carries a message to sustain peace in the world, which places a global responsibility on its back, especially in terms of contributing to finding solutions for global issues using nuclear energy. This includes the lack of power supply in some developing countries, in addition to water desalination in some areas that suffer from a shortage of clean water, Likhachov added. He further asserted that 800 million people globally suffer from the lack of fresh water.

Likhachov explained that nuclear wastes are dangerous; however, he said that his company has an innovative system to reuse the fuel depleted in some types of power plants using fast neutrons which do the recycling of the fuel.

He went on to explain that his company pays attention to the different scenarios for safely dealing with nuclear waste. He pointed out that the Rosatom has been able to install energy unit number 6 in Novovoronezh nuclear plant to the national electricity grid in August 2016. The new energy unit is the most advanced technologically and generates 240 MW for the national grid.

It is considered the first energy unit of the third generation of the VVR with a 1,200 MW capacity. This is the kind of reactors that will be launched in Egypt and will guarantee extra safety that endures even the toughest circumstances. Likhachov noted that the lifespan of a nuclear reactor has become 60 years.

He added that Rosatom is not one of the Russian institutions that is being sanctioned by the European Union. “We have already undertaken many main tasks over the past years, with the most prominent one being increasing Rosatom’s share in international markets and reducing the costs of products as well as the period required to implement them and developing new products in the local and international market,” Likhachov said.
Rosatom continues to receive requests to implement projects in a number of countries. For example, Egypt and Russia have both signed an agreement in 2015 to establish the first electricity generation plant from nuclear energy in El Dabaa. It is planned to take place after signing the final contracts.

Rosatom has signed a contract to establish and construct a nuclear energy plant in El Dabaa. “We are currently implementing nuclear energy plant projects in Turkey, Belarus, Hungary, and Finland,” he added.

He pointed out that the company is developing its communication with several other continents, noting that Russia is open to everyone from across the world, adding that it is unimaginable to remain isolated from the surrounding world and its issues.

ENRRA Call for Pre-qualification of international Consultants for nuclear regulatory of nuclear power plants

The Arab Republic of Egypt

Egyptian nuclear and Radiological regulatory Authority (ENRRA)

Call for Pre-qualification of international Consultants for nuclear regulatory of nuclear power plants

Referring to the on-going activities of Egypt for the construction of nuclear power plants for electricity generation and the inter-governmental agreement which had been signed between Russia and Egypt for the cooperation in construction and operation of the nuclear power plant which consists of four units of VVER (Pressurized water Reactor) reactors type, each with a generating capacity up to 1200MWe and the MOU which had been signed between ENRRA and RTN (Russian Regulator).

ENRRA is announcing this call for Pre-qualification to have a list of internationally qualified and experienced consultants in the field of nuclear regulatory services of NPP in order to offer technical support to ENRRA and its Technical support organization (TSO) in all regulatory activities related to NPP with the aim to establish an effective, efficient, and technically competent nuclear regulatory body.


Egypt minister of electricity to address UN Nuclear power agency general meeting in Vienna

Egypt’s Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy Mohamed Shaker headed on Sunday to Vienna as head of an Egyptian delegation attending the 61st International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) General Meeting, which will kick off on Monday, and our Nuclear New Build Summit Egypt 2018 also invited him to give a speech on 30 January 2018, and you can book tickets now or contact us for more detials.

Shaker will deliver an address that will discuss the country’s plan to build its first-ever nuclear power plant in Dabaa and the procedures taken to secure the project, according to Ahram Arabic website.

The delegation will include representatives from a number of ministries and agencies including the foreign ministry and the Nuclear Energy Agency.

Dabaa nuclear project contracts to be finalized Monday: Minister of Electricity

Minister of Electricity, Mohammed Shaker, revealed in a Wednesday press conference that the ministry has drafted the contracts for al-Dabaa nuclear project in preparation for laying its foundation during the upcoming visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Egypt, and the upcoming Nuclear New Build Summit Egypt 2018 invited him, if you want to know more, do not miss this summit.

The project, which embodies friendship and cooperation between Egypt and Russia according to previous statements by president Sisi in August, will generate 4800 Mw till 2024.

Shaker added that the cabinet approved to amend law no 13 of 1976 on the establishment of Nuclear Power Plant Authority (NPPA) during the Wednesday meeting. The draft law raised tax and custom exemptions on using nuclear power for development purposes.

The government also signed an agreement with The State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC), during President’s Sisi visit to China in September, to set up 500kw electric lines which help in improving Egypt’s electricity transmission in anticipation of increased demand, Shaker announced.

The government set an energy strategy until 2035 to develop electricity transmission networks in Egypt, Shaker explained. 25 percent of electric power will be generated from renewable resources in 2022, increasing to 37 percent in 2035.

The Ministry of Electricity obtained LE one billion from the ministry of planning to rehabilitate electric transmission lines inside dangerous buildings and areas, in addition to installing 250,000 smart meters, Shaker claimed.

Why Nuclear Power Is the Way to Clean Energy for Egypt

The imminent El Dabaa nuclear power plant project is set to transform Egypt’s energy mix. UN energy expert  Dr. Yousry A. Shady reflects why the project is good news for Egypt’s economy and the environment. You can also get more useful information in upcoming Nuclear New Build Summit Egypt 2018.

Egypt has recently implemented a new approach in making use of clean energy resources, including nuclear and renewables (wind, solar, biomass etc.). By 2022, Egypt aims to have a new power mix, where renewables represent 20% of the total electricity production nationwide.

Following the establishment and operation of 4 reactors at El Dabaa Nuclear Power Plant, it is projected that the nuclear power will represent 10% of the country’s electricity production by 2026. In 2050, and after the economic improvements of nuclear power resources in Egypt, it is expected that nuclear power contribution in electricity production nationwide will jump to 50%.

Routinely, nuclear power plants are producing emission-free and clean energy. Rosatom is working extensively in developing safety of NPP, to ensure the highest standard of environmental protection.

 Throughout our modern history, Russia (formerly Soviet Union) has helped Egypt in many fields, including but not limited to industrialization, and of course the building of High Dam in Aswan. The vital role of Russia in supporting Egypt in many crises and political dilemmas was very important in building a positive image of Russia among Egyptians. Contracting with Rosatom by direct order was a result of Russian excellence in nuclear technologies, in addition to Russia’s historically standing by Egypt in many ways.

The political factor wasn’t the only reason behind the choice of Rosatom to build the El Dabaa Power Plant, but also the technical excellence of the company, which has built and operated tens of VVER reactors all over the world. The newest type of these reactors are VVER-1000 and VVER-1200. There are about 50 operational reactors of the former type, with tens of VVER reactors still under construction.

Egypt has selected VVER-1200 reactors that belong to the 3+ generation, and are regarded to be the safest reactors in the world now. Rosatom has developed more than 8 different layers of safety, to ensure the highest standard of security in case of any malfunction.

All components of VVER-1200 reactors are Russian made, and thus they require no additional permits (contrarily to components manufactured by other nuclear countries). One of the key reasons why Egypt has selected Rosatom to build the plant is that Russia guarantees the provision of nuclear fuel throughout the operational lifetime of the four reactors at El Dabaa (the operational lifetime ranges from 60 to 80 years). Other benefits are the operation, cooperation and training contracts, in addition to the local contribution in building El Dabaa power plant.

Egypt prepares to break ground on first nuclear power plant

Egypt’s president, Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, used his visit to the BRICS summit in China to invite Russian president Vladimir Putin to visit Egypt to attend a ground breaking ceremony for north Africa’s first nuclear power station.

According to the Kremlin’s press service, Sisi told Putin: “I would like to inform you that we have completed the formalities for approving the contract to build the nuclear power plant at al-Dabaa. We hope that you will be present together with me at the contract’s official signing. This would be a good opportunity to welcome you once more on Egyptian soil.”

Putin accepted the invitation yesterday. The ceremony will mark the end of two years of talks on the project.

The al-Dabaa plant will be built by Russia’s state nuclear contractor Rosatom, and will be located about 130km northwest of Cairo. The project, which will have four 1.2GW reactors, is expected to cost $30bn. Russia has agreed to finance $25bn with a state loan repayable over 13 years at an interest rate of 3% beginning in 2029, the year the plant is expected to be complete. The Egyptians will find the remaining $5bn.

The reactors will use Rosatom’s third generation VVER-1200 design. This model was first installed in the Novovoronezh plant last year.

Egypt and Rosatom have signed two contracts covering the construction of the plant and the supply of nuclear fuel; two more, covering technical training and the reprocessing of spent fuel, will be signed before the ground breaking.

Dabaa nuclear power plant contracts finalised: Ismail

Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail announced that all the Dabaa nuclear power plant contracts are finalised except for the fuel contract. The announcement came one day after Russian President Vladimir Putin accepted the invitation of President Abd Al-Fattah Al-Sisi to visit Egypt and attend the signing ceremony of the Dabaa nuclear power plant.

Ismail pointed out that the laying of the nuclear power plant cornerstone will take place soon, adding that the formulation and revision of the main contract, the implementation, maintenance, and operation contracts have been completed.

Egypt seeks to increase reliance on renewable energy sources in the power supply to make up around 20% of the total capacity of the national energy network by 2022 and to increase it to reach to 37% by 2035.

In May 2016, The Rosatom State Atomic Energy company announced that it would use third generation “VVER-1200 “reactors for the first time. The Dabaa nuclear power plant will consist of four of these reactors, each with 1,200MW capacity and with a total capacity of 4,800MW.

With the completion of the Dabaa nuclear power plant, Cairo can stand on the edge of technological progress enjoyed by the developed world, said Maher Aziz, energy and environmental consultant and a member of the World Energy Council. He added that project will create 5,000-6,0000 jobs during the first six years, indicating that the project will provide 10,000 job opportunities until its completion over 4 phases.

On the other hand, Hussein Al-Shafei, president of the Egyptian-Russian Foundation for Culture and Science, said that the Dabaa nuclear power plant project will achieve annual revenues of $17bn after exporting the produced electricity, pointing out that Egypt will get the return on investment of nuclear reactors in 2023 after the first reactor starts operating. Al-Shafei said the government would repay the first instalment of the loan to the Russian side in 2029 at a rate of two instalments annually for 42 years with an annual interest rate of 3%. He noted that operating the four reactors for 60 years will generate an income of $264bn.

Furthermore, the Dabaa nuclear power plant would mark a qualitative change in the relationship between Egypt and Russia, said Karim Al-Adham, former president of the National Center for Nuclear Safety and Radiation Control (NCNSRC). Al-Adham explained that has a major nuclear school since the 1960s and that Egypt has the cadres and competencies needed for the management of this project.

Egypt finalises deal with Russia for first nuclear plant

Cairo – Russian media say Egypt has finalised a deal to build a nuclear power plant with funding from Moscow after nearly two years of negotiations.

The reports Monday came after Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in China, where they were attending a summit.

The nuclear plant will be built in Dabaa, about 13km northwest of Cairo on the Mediterranean coast.

Egypt’s presidency says el-Sissi has invited Putin to Egypt to mark the start of construction.

In 2015, Egypt signed an agreement with Russia to build a four-reactor power plant. It will receive a $25 billion Russian loan to cover 85 percent of the plant, with a capacity of 4 800 MW.

Egypt finalizes deal with Russia for first nuclear plant

— Russian media say Egypt has finalized a deal to build a nuclear power plant with funding from Moscow after nearly two years of negotiations.

The reports Monday came after Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in China, where they were attending a summit.

The nuclear plant will be built in Dabaa, about 130 kilometers (80 miles) northwest of Cairo on the Mediterranean coast.

Egypt’s presidency says el-Sissi has invited Putin to Egypt to mark the start of construction.

In 2015, Egypt signed an agreement with Russia to build a four-reactor power plant. It will receive a $25 billion Russian loan to cover 85 percent of the plant, with a capacity of 4,800 MW.