Iran Begins Construction of Two New Nuclear Power Plants

In an agreement between the senior officials of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) and Rosatom, phases two and three of Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant will begin supplying electricity to Iran’s power grid in 10 years. Nuclear New Build Summit Egypt 2018 will involve Iran and some other countries’ NPP new build programs, contact us for details or register now.

According to the general director of the Rosatom, Iran and Russia will jointly build the two plants on the northern coast of the Persian Gulf.

“Twenty percent of the entire phase two and eighty percent of its building construction will be done by the Iranian side. We have signed an agreement to build eight power plant blocks and these blocks could be built in other parts of Iran,” said Rosatom Director General Alexey Likhachev at a Tuesday press conference with the AEOI chief Ali Akbar Salehi in Bushehr.

Salehi also expressed hope that the second phase of the project will finish in seven years and the third two years later.

The AEOI chief also elaborated on the benefits of the project for Iran, saying, “The first phase of Bushehr nuclear power plant is now operational and as a result, some 11 million barrels of crude oil is saved annually. The production of electricity by a 1,000-megawatt plant will also help diminish up to seven million tons of gas emissions every year.”

Salehi underlined Iran and Russia’s resolve to maintain and strengthen their nuclear cooperation, adding, “The Bushehr nuclear power plant is a symbol of strategic cooperation between Iran and Russia.”

He pointed to Iran’s plan to produce 20,000 megawatts of nuclear-generated electricity and said, “Since the cost of constructing a 1000-megawatt nuclear power plant is $5,000 billion, we need to invest $100,000 billion to build nuclear power plants with a capacity to generate 20,000 megawatts of electricity.”

The ceremony to inaugurate the project came a few days after International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Secretary General Yukiya Amano visited Iran, and once again confirmed Tehran’s compliance with the agency’s charter and the 2015 nuclear deal with six world powers.

Iran says that the project will be conducted within the framework of the Safeguards Agreement with the IAEA and the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Salehi said the implementation of Iran’s nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), has played a positive role in making the project come to life.

Each of the two new phases will produce 1,057 megawatts of electricity. Combined with phase one, Iran will produce some 3,300 megawatts of nuclear-generated electricity in a decade.

Egypt to sign contracts for Dabaa nuclear power plant by end of 2017: Minister

Egypt Electricity Minister, one of our invited speaker Mohamed Shaker said Tuesday that the Dabaa nuclear power plant contract signing would take place before the end of this year after reviewing all technical aspects pertaining to the plant. Register or contact us for Nuclear New Build Summit Egypt 2018.

During a press conference at the cabinet building, Shaker said that a ceremony would be organized to celebrate the event.

Sources at the Electricity Ministry told Al-Masry Al-Youm in September that the Egyptian and Russian governments would sign four contracts, first, a principal contract for supplying and installing nuclear reactors; second, a contract for supplying nuclear fuel for the operation of nuclear plants; third, a contract for nuclear waste disposal; and fourth, a contract for organizing the operation of nuclear reactors and maintaining them.

The Dabaa nuclear power plant will include four Generation III nuclear reactors that comply with international security and safety standards, the governmental sources said.

Moscow and Cairo signed an agreement in November 2015 for Russia to build a nuclear power plant in Egypt, with Russia extending a loan to Egypt to cover the cost of construction.

Russia’s state-owned nuclear firm Rosatom said the plant, Egypt’s first, would be built at Dabaa in the north of the country and is expected to be completed by 2022.

Russia will loan Egypt $25 billion to finance the building and operation of the nuclear power plant. Egypt will pay an interest rate of three percent annually. Installment payments will begin on October 15, 2029.

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.

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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.

Construction of Turkey’s first nuclear power plant to start in late 2017

Construction of the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant in Turkey will start at the end of 2017, Nuclear New Build Summit Egypt 2018 will be hold in 30 – 31 January 2018 and we will also involve Turkey’s nuclear power plant new build programs. TRT Haber reported citing Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Berat Albayrak.

Presidents of Turkey and Russia are expected to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for the nuclear power plant, according to the minister.

He noted that the Akkuyu plant’s construction is scheduled for completion in 2023.

The Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant is the first nuclear power plant project in the world being implemented upon the build-own-operate (BOO) model.

Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation of Russia signed an agreement on the main conditions for the Turkish energy companies Cengiz Holding, Kolin Insaat, and Kalyon Insaat to join the shareholders of the Akkuyu Nuclear JSC, which is implementing the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant project.

The agreement was signed at the 9th international forum ATOMEXPO 2017 in Moscow in June.

Turkish consortium claims 49 percent in Akkuyu Nuclear JSC. The value of the possible transaction has not been disclosed, but it will be the biggest investment of foreign companies into a Russian project implemented outside the country and the world’s biggest private investment in nuclear energy sector over the past 17 years.

Construction Commences at Turkey’s First Nuclear Power Plant

Turkey is inching closer to being a part of the nuclear energy club. Reports have it that general construction has commended in the country’s Akkuyu nuclear power plant and the reactor construction will begin mostly by 2018. This confirms that Turkey indeed is on the track to become the new country to include nuclear power in its energy mix after Belarus and UAE recently entered the club. Also, Nuclear New Build Summit Egypt 2018 will involve Turkey’s NPP new build program, it’s a great chance to know more details, register now or contact us.

The most recent countries to construct their first nuclear energy projects are Iran, which established its first nuclear plant in 2011, and Romania in 1996. However recently, an increasing number of companies are increasingly committing to nuclear programs. As far as Turkey is concerned, the country has been planning nuclear energy for several decades but no previous attempts bore fruits. But now, the country has its nuclear energy ambitions mature and the project is testimony to it. The World Nuclear Association suggests that this move will held drive the country’s economic growth and reduce the country’s reliance on gas, most of which is imported.

Recent reports from the World Nuclear Association and the International Atomic Energy Agency suggest that the nuclear energy sector has generally positive outlook for the next few years. The sector is expanding at a positive pace despite the several challenges it faces in certain deregulated regional markets where the energy security and climate-related advantages of nuclear power are being valued properly.

Reports state that over 9 GWe of nuclear energy capacity has been added in 2016, the largest annual capacity addition in the past 25 years and there has been a rise in the world’s nuclear power generation capacity for the fourth successive year. While the level of new projects remains high, it is suggested that the pace of new construction beginnings needs to accelerate to be able to effectively balance environment protection goals with the pace of human development.

Saudi Arabia plans to launch nuclear power tender next month

Saudi Arabia is expected to launch a tender process for its first nuclear reactors as early as next month and will reach out to potential vendors from countries including South Korea, France and China. Our Nuclear New Build Summit Egypt 2018 will invovle Saudi Arabia and other 4 countries’ Nuclear Power Plant new build programs

The world’s top oil exporter wants to start construction next year on two plants with a total capacity of up to 2.8 gigawatts, three industry sources said, as it follows Gulf neighbor the United Arab Emirates in seeking atomic energy.

This will make it the second country in the Arab world to tap nuclear power as a way to diversify its energy supply for its 32 million population. The UAE’s first plant is expected to come online next year after delays.

While a possible multi-billion-dollar Saudi tender would be smaller than those being considered in India and South Africa, Saudi Arabia’s deep pockets and the lack of any anti-nuclear movement in the country could make it one of the strongest prospects for an industry struggling for contracts following the 2011 nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan.

“Competition will be fierce,” an industry source said, adding Saudi Arabia was expected to send a Request for Information (RFI) to suppliers in October, marking the official start of the tender process following feasibility studies.

Saudi Arabia will likely provide more detail on the plans at the general conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations nuclear watchdog, in Vienna next week, the sources said.

The plants are part of long-standing plans to diversify the OPEC member’s energy supply and has received extra momentum as part of its Vision 2030, a sweeping economic reform program launched last year by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The government agency tasked with the nuclear plans, The King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE), did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

In the longer-term, Saudi Arabia is considering building 17.6 gigawatts of nuclear capacity by 2032, KACARE says on its website.

That is the equivalent of about 17 standard nuclear reactors making it overall the biggest contract in the world, after South Africa and India.

A South Korea-based industry source with direct knowledge of the matter confirmed Riyadh was expected to issue the RFI for the first two plants in October to five potential bidders – South Korea, China, France, Russia and Japan.

The target is to pour the first concrete of reactor casing in 2018, a Saudi source familiar with the plans said, although nuclear construction timelines frequently face delays.

France has spent several years trying to make its case for selling its reactors to the kingdom.

A top French minister and chief executives of French utility EDF and reactor builder Areva visited the kingdom in 2013 while a Saudi delegation led by KACARE chief Hashim bin Abdullah Yamani went to Paris in July to discuss Riyadh’s atomic plans.

KACARE also discussed feasibility studies to build the first two reactors in the kingdom with Chinese officials in Beijing last month, pan-Arab media reported. Russia’s state-owned nuclear company Rosatom has also been in talks with KACARE about Saudi Arabia’s atomic ambitions.

They will all face steep competition from U.S., Japanese and South Korean consortia. Westinghouse-Toshiba has deep ties with the Middle East, and a South Korean-led consortium dealt the French a humiliating blow with its surprise win of a $40 billion contract in Abu Dhabi in 2009.

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El Dabaa Nuclear Power Plant Is Good News for Egypt, and Nuclear Education and Training Is Key

This September, the El Dabaa Atomic Technical School opens its doors for its first students, who will upon graduation go on to work at Egypt’s first nuclear power plant at El Dabaa. This is however just one important step to developing Egypt’s own nuclear cadre that will service the country’s nuclear industry. In an opinion piece written shortly before his untimely death, Prof. Mahmoud Barakat of the Nuclear & Radiological Control Authority argues that education and training of qualified nuclear cadre is crucial to the fulfilment of Egypt’s nuclear dream.

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Since the nuclear energy appeared on the international arena in mid-last century, it occupies an increasingly important position in terms of human development at all levels including scientific, economic, social and military levels. Accordingly, many countries have moved to nuclear power by establishing of number of nuclear power plants to generate electricity as an alternative of fossil fuels. Since 1960s, Egypt tried to launch a limited program to establish nuclear power plant in Egypt, but it did not succeed. These attempts, which lasted for more than half a century until the recent agreement was signed between Russia and Egypt to establish a power plant in El Dabaa on the North Coast.

There is no doubt that this long-anticipated agreement was good news for millions of Egyptians. Everyone is waiting for the start of the establishment of the new plant. Here comes the role of specialists to equip the project with all means of success. In order to reach the desired success, Egypt has cooperated with the Russian company, Rosatom. We will focus on this report on education and training in the area of nuclear energy.

It is obvious that preparation and training of Egyptian cadre definitely varies according to employees’ classification in the nuclear power plant. Operators and their assistants in different places will be trained for a period not less than two years, including theoretical training and lectures focusing on handling simple or major accidents. They are also trained on simulator for a certain number of hours to be determined by trainers. The training of fresh graduates will last for two years. The first year will be a full-time study of nuclear physics, physics and reactors engineering, nuclear fuel chemistry and engineering management followed by various disciplines in the workplace during the second year.

We should start immediately on the establishment of a training center with a suitable size, including all initial and advanced training activities. The establishment of the training center will help ensure the continuous provision of trained workers at all levels with appropriate numbers and at a high level of professionalism. We should develop modern administrative systems without any complexities of routine.

The trainers should be selected very carefully according to a rigorous academic basis, provided that they possess personal and scientific capabilities, to ensure they will be able to provide the highest standards of training with the support of clear disciplines for each training level. It is also important that Rosatom experts to take part in the training process, to ensure the training is implemented in the most professional way.

We now understand the importance of training and qualified teams, who will be involved in the establishment and operation of nuclear power plants. Rosatom experts have a key role in the training process, by selecting ad designing disciplines, selecting applicant trainers, verification of training process, and finally supervising students’ assessment at the end of the program.

Rosatom should also attract Egyptian and Russian technical universities to contribute in designing the training disciplines for different levels, while providing qualified trainees. We have to remember that the operational lifetime of the nuclear power plant exceeds 60 years, and here again we emphasize the importance of training for all cadres, who work in different sectors and departments. This raises the issue of continuous training, particularly after the full operation of the power plant. The training is a continuous process and goes hand in hand with the production life of the nuclear plant itself.

The energy projects occupy a leading position for most countries as energy is a key driver for economic and social development. On the other hand, nuclear power plants have a huge importance in emerging countries as they are striving to build their capacities in all aspects of life. However, the insufficiency of qualified cadres, the lack of funding and the poor infrastructure can hinder the establishment of nuclear power plants and put the projects on hold. To overcome these challenges, the emerging markets start to seek cooperation and partnerships with technologically advanced countries through well-structured contracts, where all commitments, obligations and responsibilities are clearly defined. These agreements ensure the establishment of a sound infrastructure, including the preparation of qualified cadres.

The establishment and operation of the first nuclear power plant in Egypt, as well as affiliate training centers, are extremely important to ensure sustainability of power supply of the plant. This will maximize the economic and social benefits for Egypt, by increasing the number of industrial projects, expanding reclaimed lands, upgrading irrigation systems, and relying on advanced harvesting techniques to reduce waste.

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 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.