Egypt Nuclear Plans Near Go-Ahead, Saudi Looks To Standardize Plant Design

Nuclear authority clears the way for Egypt’s first ever nuclear plants.

Egypt’s House of Representatives this week approved three laws to enable Cairo’s Nuclear Power Plants Authority (NPPA) to oversee the construction of four planned nuclear power plants at Dabaa, 170km west of Alexandria on the Mediterranean coast, under an agreement with Russian state-owned nuclear power firm Rosatom.

The laws are “a prelude to the launch of the Dabaa nuclear project and will turn the NPPA into an agency that can invest, borrow, conclude agreements and sell electricity generated from nuclear plants,” Hamada Ghalab of parliament’s Energy and Environment Committee, told Daily News Egypt.

NPPA will be affiliated with the Ministry of Energy and will be responsible for the technical supervision of the nuclear power plants program. The authority’s duties will include supervising the performance of contractors, providing regular progress reports on the construction program and overseeing the operation of the plants.


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