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Contracts on NPP in Egypt may be signed next month — ambassador

June 30, 8:32 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The accord on the construction of Egypt’s first NPP with Russia’s participation was signed during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Cairo in February 2015
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MOSCOW, June 30. /TASS/. Four major contracts on the construction of a nuclear power plant in Egypt may be signed within the next month, Russia’s Ambassador to Egypt Sergei Kirpichenko told TASS on Wednesday.

"In November 2015, Moscow and Cairo signed two intergovernmental agreements on the construction of NPP in Egypt and granting of loan for the purpose to Egypt from Russia," the diplomat said. "Now, the two sides very intensively, once a week, coordinate four major contracts for the NPP construction."

In his estimate, it is rather realistic that the documents may be signed in the near future. "They will be inked this year, may be in the next month," Kirpichenko said, adding, "The moment of their signing will give the start for constructing Egypt’s first ever NPP."

"This is a global project for the country, which can change Egypt’s image for the future," the ambassador said, adding, "For Russia, in turn, this project is of huge importance as this will be the first experience of NPP construction in the Arab world."

The Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation Rusatom has already started necessary preparations, Kirpichenko said, adding, "In particular, our specialists visited the future NPP site to take soil samples."

The accord on the construction of Egypt’s first NPP with Russia’s participation was signed during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Cairo in February 2015.

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