On Wednesday, an Egyptian delegation headed by Dr. Amgad El Wakeel, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Nuclear Power Plants Authority in Egypt (NPPA), paid a visit to the Leningrad Nuclear Power Plant in Russia and other Russian machinery manufacturing facilities that produce equipment for Egypt's first nuclear power plant.
Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation (ROSATOM) announced that it launched the production of electrical components for a reactor vessel of El-Dabaa at a production site in Saint Petersburg.
In November 2015, the Egyptian government signed an agreement with Russia to build Egypt’s first nuclear power plant in El-Dabaa region of Marsa Matrouh, which aims to generate a total of 4,800 megawatts through four reactors.
Earlier in 2022, CEO of ROSATOM Alexey Likhachev stated that construction of El-Dabaa is set to begin in July.
According to the project’s design, the nuclear plant will have four VVER-1,200 reactor units, with the first unit scheduled to be operational in 2026.
In November 2021, Egypt signed a long-term one-million-dollar agreement with the Czech ÚJV Rež Research and Development company to consult on El-Dabaa Nuclear Plant, according to Chairperson of the Egyptian Nuclear and Radiology Regulatory Authority (ENRRA) Sami Shaaban.
According to the contract, ÚJV Rež will provide technical assistance to the ENRRA in licensing the nuclear plant.