MOSCOW, July 1. /TASS/. The Nuclear Power Plants Authority (NPPA) of Egypt has handed over the licensing documentation for Units 1 and 2 of El Dabaa NPP construction to the Egyptian Nuclear and Radiological Regulation Authority (ENRRA), Russia’s state nuclear corporation Rosatom said in a statement on Thursday.
"This marked an important milestone in the implementation of El Dabaa NPP project in the path forward to issue the construction permit for first two units. Once the permit is obtained parties will be able to start full-scale construction," Rosatom said.
The event was preceded by joint extensive efforts of NPPA and ASE, an engineering division of Rosatom, to finalize the licensing documentation, the corporation noted.
"Thanks to the coordinated efforts of Russian and Egyptian teams, a challenging task of documentation agreement was promptly accomplished, taking into account technical requirements of the EPC contract and adjustment to the site conditions," Vice President, Director of El-Dabaa NPP Construction Project of JSC ASE Grigory Sosnin was quoted as saying.
The El Dabaa nuclear power plant will be the first nuclear power plant in Egypt. It will be built in El-Dabaa city in the Governorate of Matrouh on the coastlines of the Mediterranean Sea. The El Dabaa NPP will comprise four units, with each of them having a capacity of 1200 MW, equipped with a Generation III+ VVER-1200 reactor, considered to be the latest technology for nuclear power plants, which has already been successfully implemented in other countries.
There are four units operating in Russia equipped with Generation III+ reactors, with two of them at Leningrad nuclear power plant and the other two at Novovoronezh nuclear power plant. Outside of Russia, one VVER-1200 reactor equipped power unit at Belarus nuclear power plant was connected to the grid in November 2020.