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July 16, 2021

Egypt mulls new nuclear power schemes

Country aims for nuclear power to account for 8% of total electricity production by 2030

By MEED   

Egypt plans to build more nuclear power plants to support the country’s development goals, according to a local media report citing Hesham Hegazy, head of nuclear fuel sector at the Nuclear Power Plants Authority (NPPA).

The planned projects are in line with Egypt’s goal to increase the share of electricity generated from nuclear power plants in the country to 8% of the total by 2030.

Egypt’s current electricity production capacity stands at 55.5GW.

Construction is underway for Egypt’s first nuclear power plant, located in Matrouh province on the Mediterranean coast.

El-Debaa nuclear power plant is expected to have a capacity of 4,800MW once completed.

Recent contract awards

Local firm Hassan Allam Construction recently won a contract for the construction and support base package for the plant.

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The contract covers 176 buildings and facilities with a built-up area of 375,000m².

It covers engineering and construction works for production and storage facilities, utility networks and administrative buildings.

The complex will be used to preassemble, construct and execute the nuclear and turbine islands.

Titan 2, a subsidiary of Russia’s Rosatom, which is the scheme’s main contractor, awarded the contract to Hassan Allam.

In June, Russian firm Fensma was appointed for the detailed design of waterproofing works for the four reactors, as well as the excavation of the foundations for the first two reactors.

The contract also involves works for implementing the temporary utility systems for the entire plant.

In March, South Korean contractors agreed to train local contracting company Petrojet’s staff to prepare them for working on the 4,800MW El-Debaa nuclear power plant project.

The South Korean contractors include Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power, Kepco Engineering & Construction, Hyundai Engineering & Construction and Doosan Heavy Industries.

The training programme will benefit all five firms and strengthen their position to work with Rosatom subsidiary Atomstroyexport (ASE), which will undertake the engineering, procurement and construction contract for El-Debaa nuclear power plant.

Main contractors

Rosatom subsidiary ASE is the general contractor for the project while Atomproekt, another subsidiary of Rosatom, is the general designer.

Rosatom’s TVEL subsidiary, Novosibirsk Chemical Concentrates Plant, will supply low-enriched nuclear fuel for all four planned reactors of the plant.

Turbine Technology, a joint venture of Rosatom’s mechanical engineering division Atomenergomash (51%) and US’ GE (49%), will design and supply the turbine hall equipment, including four sets of steam turbines, condensers, generators and other auxiliary equipment for El-Debaa nuclear power plant.

GE Power will provide the basic design of four conventional islands at the site, as well as supply four steam turbine generator sets for the facility.

Bilateral scheme

Egypt and Russia signed the initial intergovernmental agreement for the North African state’s first nuclear facility in November 2015.

In May 2016, Egypt signed an agreement with Russia for a $25bn loan to cover the cost of 85 per cent of the project.

Egypt signed the final agreements and notice to proceed with Rosatom for the nuclear power plant project in December 2017, during meetings between Egypt’s President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Cairo.

In January last year, NPPA awarded Australia’s Worley a ten-year consultancy services contract for the project.

This article is published by MEED, the world’s leading source of business intelligence about the Middle East. MEED provides exclusive news, data and analysis on the Middle East every day. For access to MEED’s Middle East business intelligence, subscribe here.

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