August 8, 2022

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Egypt begins the construction of its first nuclear power plant

The Egyptian Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy, Mohamed Shaker, and the director general of the State Corporation of Atomic Energy of Russia (Rosatom), Alexei Likhachev, attended the opening ceremony, according to the text.

The work is centered on the construction of the first of the four reactors of the installation, located in the northwestern governorate of Marsa Matrouh, a few 300 kilometers from El Cairo.

Shaker assured that the El Dabaa plant will comply with the security measures of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Puede soportar terremotos y accidentes aéreos, he pointed out, y agregó que la vida útil de los reactores puede extenderse hasta 60 años.

This work gives Egypt the opportunity to reach a new industrial and technological level, said Likhachev.

Ha sido un sueño de los egipcios lograr energía nuclear durante más de medio siglo, Rosatom has the honor of fulfilling it, he underlined.

In declaraciones al diario Al Ahram, Amgad El-Wakil, president of the Autoridad de Plantas de Energía Nuclear, highlighted that the project could generate net income worth 264 billion dollars in six decades.

La central contará con cuatro reactores nucleares de agua pressurized type VVER-1200, cada uno con capacidad de mil 200 megawatts.

In December 2017, the presidents of Egypt, Abdel Fattah El Sisi, and Russia, Vladimir Putin, signed an agreement in this capital to start work on the plant with a cost of 28 million 750 million dollars.

Russia will finance 85 percent of the total with a loan of 25 billion dollars to be paid in 22 years and an interest of three percent.

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