Russia signs deal to build Egypt's first nuclear plant
CAIRO - Agence France-Presse
Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (C) looks on as Chief Executive Officer of Russian Rosatom company Sergey Kiriyenko (L) and Egyptian Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy Mohamed Shaker (R) shakes hand after signing documents for a deal to build Egypt's first nuclear power plant at the Ittihadiya presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, November 19, 2015. REUTERS photoRussia signed two agreements Nov. 19 to finance and build Egypt's first nuclear power plant, in a ceremony attended by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
Sergei Kirienko, director general of Russian atomic energy agency Rosatom, said the agreement is for the construction and operation of four 1,200 MW reactors, making the country "a regional leader in technology."
Sisi said that, under the second deal, Russia grant a 35-year loan to the North African country, the Arab world's most populous. He did not say how much the loan will amount to or what its terms are.
Sisi announced the project in February during a visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin, when a memorandum of understanding was signed.
The plant is to be built in Dabaa on the Mediterranean coast in the northwest of the country.
Egypt laid the foundation for the facility during the regime of president Hosni Mubarak, ousted in January 2011, but work was halted due to disputes with local residents.