According to the state news agency Sputnik, reports have emerged that Egypt will get its first nuclear power plant under an agreement with Russia.
The deal which was signed yesterday by Sergei Kirienko, the head of Russia’s state nuclear corporation, Rosatom, and Egypt’s Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy Mohamed Shaker, is expected to be operational within 12 years.
It will be composed of four nuclear power units, each of which can generate 1,200 megawatts, according to the report.
According to Mr Kirienko, the plant will meet international safety requirements.
The plant to be situated in Dabaa, about 130 kilometers (75 miles) south of Cairo, “will be the largest joint project between Russia and Egypt since the Aswan Dam was set up. This is truly a new page in the history of bilateral intergovernmental relations,” Kirienko said.
Nuclear energy is a rapidly growing source of energy in Africa with countries such as Algeria, South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya, and Morocco all having research reactors.
Egypt’s First Nuclear Plant is expected to increase its energy output and build a better country for the North African nation.