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12.12.2017 16:19
Rosatom will build Dabaa NPP in Egypt
According to the head of the company Alexei Likhachev, this a record deal for the global nuclear industry

  • The signing ceremony was attended by the presidents of Russia and Egypt Vladimir Putin and Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
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The head of the Russian nuclear corporation Rosatom Alexei Likhachev and Egypt’s Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy Mohamed Shaker signed the acts to start working on the General Contract for the construction of the Dabaa nuclear power plant, the Russian energy company announced.
The formal signing took place in Cairo. The ceremony was attended by the presidents of Russia and Egypt Vladimir Putin and Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
In accordance with the signed contracts, Rosatom will build Dabaa NPP in the Matruh region, on the cost of the Mediterranean, which would consist of four 1 200 MW power units (VVER-1200) and will supply Russian nuclear fuel for the whole lifecycle of the plant. This will allow for a competitive electric power prices in Egypt for the next 60 years. Rosatom will train the staff and support its Egyptian partners in exploiting and servicing Dabaa NPP for the first 10 years of the its functioning. According to another agreement, Russia will construct a special storage facility and will supply containers for storing spent nuclear fuel. The first power unit is expected to be put into service in 2026.
“The contracts signed represent a record deal in the history of global nuclear industry. The total amount of the four contracts is tens of billions of dollars. This is the biggest export deal, unrelated to raw materials, in the entire history of Russia”, the head of Rosatom Alexei Likhachev commented.
Rosatom informed that tens of Egyptian companies will participate in the construction.
Future NPP employees’ preparation will take place in Russia as well as Egypt. In the next couple of years hundreds of students will be sent to Russia, which should be trained in nuclear studies.
Dabaa NPP’s 1200-megawatt reactors are from the latest Generation III+. They meet all post-Fukushima IAEA requirements and reference power units have been realised in Russia. The first Generation III+ reactor of the Leningrad NPP-2 (LNPP-2) was physically started on 8 December 2017, which is a reference plant to Dabaa NPP. Specialists from the operational services of LNPP-2 successfully charged the reactor’s active zone.
Before that, on 5 August 2016, the first innovative Generation III+ power unit of the Novovoronezh NPP-2 was connected to the grid.

TAGS: Dabaa NPP | Egypt | Rosatom | Russia | power unit | nuclear power plant | Vladimir Putin | Abdel Fattah el-Sisi | VVER-1200 | Generation III+ | contract | signing | construction 

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