Russia’s ongoing war in Ukraine has left the fate of Cairo’s nuclear power ambitions uncertain, with Egypt’s nascent nuclear plans almost entirely reliant on Russian funding and technical involvement.

The two countries signed an intergovernmental agreement in 2015 to build a 4.8GW nuclear power plant at Dabaa on the Mediterranean coast 170km west of Alexandria. This was followed by a 2017 agreement greenlighting several contracts for construction (MEES, 15 December 2017), which effectively began in 2022 (MEES, 8 July 2022). (CONTINUED - 898 WORDS)