Rosatom to build $30bn El Dabaa nuclear power station in Egypt
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Rosatom to build $30bn El Dabaa nuclear power station in Egypt

13 Dec 2017

Rosatom and Egypt’s Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy have signed notices to proceed for contracts concerning development of the new $30bn El Dabaa nuclear power plant.

Rosatom and Egypt’s Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy have signed notices to proceed for contracts concerning development of the new $30bn El Dabaa nuclear power plant.

Under the deal, Rosatom will be responsible for providing nuclear fuel, spent fuel, and operations and maintenance (O&M) related goods and services for the 4,800MW plant, as well as undertaking construction work.

Rosatom director general Alexey Likhachev said: “The contracts we’ve signed are a record-breaking deal in the history of the nuclear industry. The total cost of all four contracts amounts to billions of US dollars, also being the biggest non-feedstock deal in Russian history.

“Rosatom will be responsible for providing nuclear fuel, spent fuel, and operations and maintenance (O&M) related goods and services.”

“We offered our partners in Egypt a unique comprehensive agreement that spans the power plant’s entire lifecycle, which is 70 to 80 years.”

Rosatom will carry out personnel training at the plant and will provide O&M solutions for the first ten years of its operational period.

Located in the Matrouh region on the Mediterranean coast, the El Dabaa project will comprise four water-water energetic reactor (VVER) 1,200 units, each with a capacity of 1,200MW.

The nuclear reactors will be owned and operated by Egypt’s Nuclear Power Plants Authority, which is a part of the Ministry of Energy.

Once operational, the plant will ensure competitive electricity pricing over a period of 60 years in Egypt.