Russia begins production of equipment for the first nuclear power plant in the history of Egypt

An Egyptian delegation led by Dr. Amgad El Wakeel, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Nuclear Power Plant Authority in Egypt (NPPA), organized a working visit to the Leningrad Nuclear Power Plant in Russia and to the Russian production facilities of machinery producing equipment for nuclear power plants within the nuclear power plant. of foreign projects of state-owned nuclear power company Rosatom.

And the Russian company, Rosatom, announced in a statement today, that the delegation included Dr. Sami Shaaban, head of the Nuclear and Radiological Control Authority, and Muhammad Ramadan, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors for Operation and Maintenance and Project. supervisor.

From the Russian side, the guests were received by Alexander Lokshin, First Deputy General Director of Nuclear Energy at Rosatom and a number of heads of departments and institutions of the company.

During the visit, the Egyptian delegation inspected two new power plants with two reactors of the third generation VVER-1200 (III +) at the Leningrad nuclear power plant located in Sosnovy Bor in the province of Leningrad, where the two units operated in 2018 and 2021. respectively.

Delegation members participated in a tour of both units, which included the control room and turbine building for each unit, in addition to the station education and training center. The Leningrad Nuclear Power Plant produces about 55 percent of the electricity consumed in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region and 30 percent of the electricity consumed by the regions in northwestern Russia.

It is worth noting that the first nuclear power plant in the history of Egypt, which is being built in the El-Dabaa region, according to Rosatom design, will include the same Russian VVER-1200 reactors (four power units with a capacity of 1200 megawatts each). Thus, members of the high-ranking Egyptian delegation were able to follow the work of the modern Russian nuclear reference power plant for the Egyptian power plant El-Dabaa.

The agenda of the delegation also included a visit to the Russian facilities for the production of machinery and the production site in Kolpino, near St. Petersburg, where at the request of Rosatom various equipment for nuclear power plants are produced, the launch ceremony of production of intermediate parts was held. for the reactor body of the first power unit at the Egyptian nuclear power plant El-Dabaa.

Dr. Amjad Al-Wakeel, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Nuclear Power Plant Authority, said: “We appreciate the professionalism of the joint Russian-Egyptian team and its work aimed at making the project a success. Such visits confirm that the Project is progressing smoothly. disruptions and disruptions and we believe that the El-Dabaa nuclear power plant will not bring to Egypt the latest production technologies, it will not only contribute to energy, but will also contribute to increasing the well-being and prosperity of the Egyptian people over the decades. upcoming.”

For his part, Alexander Lokshin, First Deputy General Director of Nuclear Energy at Rosatom, said: “The project is being implemented according to the set plan. I would like to express a special thanks to our Egyptian client for his work. “We always emphasize that such complex, large and long-term projects are not. They can only be implemented provided there is a full understanding between the client and the general contractor. It is not applauded.” I assure you that the Dabaa project is being cared for by two loving hands.

Andrei Nikipelov, head of Atomenergomash, which represents Rosatom’s machinery industry division, said the company’s designation of equipment for Egypt’s first nuclear power plant reflects strong confidence in Russian technologies and competencies in the field of nuclear energy engineering.

He added, “Setting up the first nuclear power plant is a great challenge for a country and we understand this very well. We have already gained extensive experience in implementing such orders and are always open to dialogue. I am convinced that relying on Russian nuclear technologies is the right choice will make Egypt the only country in the region that possesses reliable and safe third generation nuclear reactors.

The Egyptian delegation also went to one of the branches of “Atomenergoproekt” in St. Petersburg – St. Petersburg Institute of Design (part of Rosatom’s Engineering Department), where the Russian and Egyptian sides held a meeting to discuss issues related to the design of the station El Dabaa and the delegation also visited the Rosatom Technical Academy.

It is worth noting that El-Dabaa is the first nuclear power plant in the history of Egypt and is being built in the city of El-Dabaa in Governor Matrouh on the Mediterranean coast, about 300 km northwest of the capital, Cairo.

The plant consists of 4 power generation units equipped with third generation + reactors + (VER1200) with a capacity of 1200 MW. Outside Russia, a similar power unit entered service at the Belarus nuclear power plant after being connected to the country’s unified electricity grid in November 2020.

The El Dabaa project is being implemented on the basis of a package of contracts signed between the Russian and Egyptian parties that entered into force on December 11, 2017. In accordance with the contractual obligations, the Russian side will not only build the plant, but also supply the plant with nuclear fuel throughout its functional life. Russia will also assist the Egyptian side by organizing training programs for the staff of the Egyptian nuclear power plant and will provide support in the operation and maintenance of the plant during the first ten years of its operation. Furthermore, the Russian side is committed to building a facility storage of consumed nuclear fuel.


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Commencement of production of equipment for the first nuclear power plant in the history of Egypt
Commencement of production of equipment for the first nuclear power plant in the history of Egypt

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