Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy flies to Russia for NPP talks
The Egyptian Ministry of Electricity and Russia’s state-owned Rosatom signed Nov. 19 a contract for the Dabaa plant’s construction.

CAIRO: The Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy Mohamed Shaker arrived in Russia Monday evening on a three-day visit to discuss Egypt’s first nuclear power plant in Dabaa, northern Egypt.

Shaker, along with his delegation, will meet with Russia’s national nuclear company Rosatom to review the final contract on the construction of the plant, which is scheduled to start mid-2016, an official from the ministry told Youm7 Tuesday on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to brief the media.

In November 2015, an agreement was signed between the two countries to finance and build four reactors in the first phase. The first reactor will begin operating by 2020.

Six days ago, the Minister of International Cooperation Sahar Nasr and the Russian ambassador to Cairo Sergei Bachenko discussed the latest developments for the construction of the Dabaa plant, according to a statement from the Ministry of International Cooperation.

In 1981, Egypt allocated the Dabaa area in the Mediterranean governorate of Matrouh, 183.9 miles to the northwest of Cairo, 55 square kilometers to build the plant.

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