Military engineers to build Dabaa nuclear power plant infrastructure
Location of The first nuclear power plant in Dabaa - YOUM7/Maher Iskandar

CAIRO: Egypt will push ahead with plans to build its first nuclear power plant in Dabaa, Marsa Matrouh on the Mediterranean coast, and the military’s Engineering Authority is actively overseeing the project’s infrastructure construction, said Nuclear Power Plants Authority (NPPA) advisor Ibrahim El-Osery in comments to The Cairo Post Monday.

The authority is carrying out the infrastructure of the Dabaa nuclear project, securing the site, building a fence surrounding the site and a city for the workers, Osery said.

The Engineering Authority has already completed 65 percent of the infrastructure on the project, according to Dabaa Project Workers’ Syndicate head Mohamed Kamal in comments published by Youm7 Sunday evening.

The Armed Forces have vowed to complete the infrastructure of the Dabaa project—that is the perimeter and basic necessities for construction, not the actual reactor—by the end of the year, he told Youm7.

A 100-meter tall guard tower will be installed at the site this week as scheduled Kamal added. He said the plant will be completed as soon as possible.

Egypt originally chose the Dabaa site for a nuclear plant in 1981, but the project has been regularly stalled and scrapped. In his inauguration speech on June 8, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi vowed to revive the project.

Worker housing will be completed within 40 days, Dabaa residents’ spokesman Mastour Bu Shekara told The Cairo Post Monday. He expressed his hope that the NPPA hires residents from Dabaa to work in the plant.

“An Engineer who is responsible for building the houses told me the building will be done within 40 days. We hope that the authority hires Dabaa residents, especially those who were evacuated,” said Bu Shekara. Around 500 families were removed from the area in 1982 to make room for building the plant.

Armed forces authorities Wednesday were officially allocated a 10-square kilometer plot to build a city for the evacuated residents, and work on the project will start within a few days, Bu Shekara added.

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