CAIRO: It is “necessary” that Egypt rely on nuclear energy, said former chief inspector of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yousry Abu Shady, reported Youm7 Friday.
Months before the summer peak season of energy use, many cities in Egypt experience power outages several times a week due to the under-equipped grid. Abu Shady said that 20 nuclear stations would be enough to power Egypt for 60 years, and he said that Egypt must lift subsidies on electricity and invest in renewable energy projects such as wind or solar power.
Frequent power outages were a common source of criticism against the government of Mohamed Morsi in summer 2013. Interim president Adly Mansour announced in October 2013 plans to establish Egypt’s first nuclear plant in the city of El-Dabaa, in north west Egypt.
Egyptian Minister of Electricity and Energy Ahmad Emam said that the Dabaa project aims to generate 2000 megawatts of electricity from solar energy by 2017 from the El-Dabaa nuclear power plant, which will be completed in 2020, Youm7 reported.
Egypt signed its first nuclear agreement with the Soviet Union to build a two-megawatt scientific research nuclear reactor and a radioactive isotope laboratory during the era of late President Gamal Abdel Nasser and the Egyptian Atomic Energy Authority (EAEA) was formed in 1957. The reactor project was put on hold after the war of 1967, to be reinstated by late President Anwar Sadat after the war of 1973. It was finally shelved by deposed President Hosni Mubarak in 1986, following the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and amid growing concerns about nuclear safety, Al Monitor reported.