CAIRO: Egypt and Russia are set to sign a contract in December to construct Egypt’s first nuclear power plant, Russian trade representative in Egypt Fedor A. Lukashin told RIA Novosti Monday.
Both sides have discussed a series of technical aspects concerning the power plant, scheduled to be built in the Mediterranean city of Dabaa in Marsa Matrouh governorate, Lukashin added.
In August, an official from the Egyptian Ministry of Electricity stated that the contract would be signed later August between the Ministry and the Russian state-owned nuclear company Rosatom to build the eight-reactor power plant.
In his meeting with the Cabinet, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has directed the Ministers to finish all needed legal and technical measures concerning the construction of Dabaa power plant that should be established on 55 square kilometers, Presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef stated Thursday in a statement.
The plant’s construction is to be accomplished in two phases; Russia will build four reactors, while the other four reactors will be offered for an international tender. Each reactor will produce 1,200 Megawatts of electricity. The construction works are scheduled to start in mid-2016 to be completed by 2020.