Kazan, May 29. Regional Vice President and Director of Rosatom for the Middle East and North Africa Alexander Voronkov said that the El-Dabaa nuclear power plant in Egypt will provide about 10% of the country’s electricity needs and reduce carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere, report Arab media.
During his speech at the Russia-Egypt round table within the framework of the XIV Russia-Islamic World: KazanForum International Economic Forum, Voronkov recalled that the history of cooperation between the two countries in the nuclear sector dates back to the 50s and 60s of the last century. This indicates that Moscow was the first to assist Cairo in creating its own national nuclear program.
In the late 1950s, with the help of Russian specialists, Egypt built one of the first research reactors in the region. This allowed the country to create a foundation for further strengthening regional leadership in the field of peaceful uses of atomic energy.
Voronkov noted that the El-Dabaa NPP is equipped with four VVER-1200 generation 3+ reactors. He stressed that the state company Rosatom is proud of the implementation of the project, and expressed confidence that it will serve as an important incentive for the energy sector and the entire economy of the republic as a whole.
It should be noted that in addition to the benefits of providing sustainable energy, nuclear power plants are an important engine of economic and social infrastructure.
“Nuclear power plants generate the required amount of reliable electricity at predictable prices regardless of weather conditions and stabilize the energy sector. In addition to all this, nuclear power provides more than 25% of the world’s low-carbon electricity generation, being the second largest source of energy with the lowest carbon emissions. — said Alexander Voronkov.
He added that Rosatom is currently cooperating with Egypt in the supply of low-energy enriched nuclear fuel components for the country’s second research reactor, ETRR-2.
In addition to expanding cooperation in the field of isotopes, in addition to this, the two countries have the potential to increase cooperation in many other sectors in the future. He added that the state corporation considers it possible to successfully interact in the Egyptian digital solutions market and implement joint projects to develop so-called smart cities.
Earlier, the Arab media reported that Russia has begun to create the largest industrial center in Egypt, which is called the “City of the Sun.”