Necessary works are underway to fulfill the prerequisite for the “First Concrete” pouring, i.e. pouring concrete into the base of the power unit No.1 at AL-Dabaa NPP, first ever nuclear power facility in Egypt.
A high-level delegation comprising Alexander Lokshin, First Deputy General Director for Nuclear Energy of Rosatom State Corporation and President of JSC ASE; and Dr. Amged El-Wakeel, Board Chairman of the Egyptian Nuclear Power Plant Authority (NPPA) visited the construction site of the El-Dabaa NPP recently to see for themselves the preparation of the pits of power units 1 and 2, the facilities of the construction base and the concrete-mix unit.
“We expect that a permit for construction will be obtained this summer and work of the main period of NPP construction will start. For us, this is the key event of the year hence it is being prepared meticulously,” Alexander Lokshin informed.
“The construction of the El-Dabaa NPP is the embodiment of the long-standing dream of the Egyptian people about peaceful use of nuclear energy. We see positive dynamics in the implementation of the project. We are confident that the Egyptian-Russian team will be able to cope up with all the set tasks,” said Amged El-Wakeel.
In addition, preparatory works of the project including construction of infrastructure facilities and a docking facility which will receive large and heavy equipment are also underway.
ASE First Vice President and Director of the Joint Design Institute Ruben Topchiyan, Senior Vice President for the Management of NPP Construction Projects Alexander Korchagin, Vice President and Director of El-Dabaa NPP Construction Project Dr. Grigory Sosnin, NPPA Board Vice Chairman for Operation and Maintenance Eng. Mohamed Ramadan, El-Dabaa Project Manager Dr. Mohammed Dwiddar and others were also in the visiting delegation.
EL-Dabaa Nuclear Power Plant in Egypt is the first ever NPP of the country and North African region. The project will have four units with generation III+ Russian VVER 1200 reactors. Engineering Division of Rosatom is the General Contractor.