Russia’s Rosatom assured Egypt that el- Dabaa Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), the country’s first nuclear site, will be the “safest in the world.”
The project’s chief Anatoly Kovtunov asserted on Tuesday during the opening ceremony of the Nuclear Industry Suppliers Forum in Cairo, that the plant “reactor can withstand all natural disasters.”
Egypt, in cooperation with Russia, is building a 4,800 megawatt (MW) capacity plant at the Dabaa region on the country's northern coast, targeting an experimentally operating of the first reactor of the planet by 2026.
The Forum, organized by Rosatom in cooperation with Egypt's Nuclear Power Plants Authority, is running between October 8 and 9 as part of the Big Industrial Week Arabia Forum.
The forum aims to introduce Egyptian companies to the most important requirements for the procurement work needed by Dabaa plant, in order to maximize the opportunity for local companies to participate in the project's activities.
The event, which was inaugurated by a number of Egyptian officials, includes about 600 participants representing Egyptian and international companies in the field of construction, engineering and equipment supply.
Egyptian chief of the project Mohammed Ramadan said that the plant will be one of the landmarks in the country. He explained that the implementation was still at a primary stage, with his country now providing the necessary financial packages and training qualified staff, officials and personnel to work at the plant.
Rosatom's deputy general director for development and international business, Kirill Komarov, said at the opening ceremony that Dabaa plant will be the “safest in the world”, and Cairo has taken the right decision to invest in the nuclear field.
Komarov noted that Rosatom is currently building more than 22 nuclear reactors around the world.
He stressed that the rate of nuclear technology localization in Egypt will reach 20 percent in the first nuclear reactor and will reach 35 percent by the completion of the fourth reactor.
The deputy general director revealed that Rosatom will supply nuclear fuel as long as Dabaa plant is functioning, and will establish several stations to store nuclear wastes.
Construction of the reactor is scheduled to start during the second half of 2020.
Spokesman for the Electricity Ministry, Ayman Hamza, announced earlier that the site licenses have been issued and the initial safety report submitted by the Russian construction company and environmental impact report have been approved.