Rosatom reported that on December 30, 2021 Egyptian Nuclear Power Plant Authority (NPPA) handed over the package of documents to the Egyptian Nuclear and Radiological Regulatory Authority (ENRRA) which are required for receipt of license for construction of El Dabaa NPP power units 3 and 4.
When the license for the construction of power units 3 and 4 is issued, the parties will be able to commence full-scale construction. Earlier, on June 30, 2021, similar documentation was handed over for units 1 and 2.
NPPA is a public authority affiliated to the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy of Egypt. It is exclusively entrusted with establishing, operating and managing nuclear power plants in Egypt. Rosatom, specifically its subsidiary ASE, is the construction contractor.
The El Dabaa project (الضبعة Arabic) involves the construction of a nuclear power plant in northwestern Egypt on the Mediterranean coast (Matrouh region) consisting of four VVER-1200 reactors with the total installed capacity of 4.8 GW. The construction of all four NPP units is planned to be completed by 2028-2029. The decision of the regulator to issue a license to start construction has been repeatedly postponed and is now “expected in 2022”.
Main image: The process of LAES-2 NPP construction, Saint Petersburg, Russia – Rosatom.