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IAEA Supports Egypt’s Nuclear Project

IAEA Supports Egypt’s Nuclear Project

Wednesday, 6 February, 2019 - 14:00
Cairo - Mohammed Abdu Hasanen
Egypt has received wide support from the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Chief Yukiya Amano on its peaceful nuclear project, which it has been developing in cooperation with Russia.

Egyptian officials said Amano, who is currently in Cairo for a visit, was keen to affirm the Agency’s full support for Egypt in this regard in light with its commitment to international security and safety standards.

Egypt is embarking on the construction of a huge nuclear plant in the northern region of Dabaa with a total capacity of 4,800 megawatts. Construction of the plant is expected to start in 2020, with commissioning anticipated to begin in 2026.

According to official statements, a long way has been passed in finishing the project’s executive, financing and legal measures, which includes Russia’s provision of a $25 billion worth loan to Egypt to finance the construction process and provide it with nuclear fuel.

Amano has met with a number of Egyptian officials, including President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

Deputy Foreign Minister Hamdi Loza said on Tuesday that Amano discussed in his meetings various areas of cooperation between Egypt and the Agency, especially with regard to Egypt's construction of nuclear power plants to generate electricity and meet Egypt's growing needs of electrical power.

He also praised the cooperation with the Agency in the field of nuclear applications, nuclear security and nuclear energy, looking forward to the Agency's support for efforts to establish a nuclear weapons-free zone in the Middle East, training and qualify Egyptian technical personnel to enable them to acquire more scientific and technical expertise.

Loza stressed Egypt's interest in supporting and developing technical cooperation programs within the framework of the states’ right to benefit from the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

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