Russia And Egypt To Sign Nuclear Plant Contracts Soon

Government officials in Egypt said by the end of the month contracts would be signed with Russia's state-owned nuclear power giant Rosatom for the construction of an eight-reactor nuclear power plant in the country.

Rosatom logoThe contract will be signed by Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and Russian President Vladimir Putin, said officials at the Egyptian Ministry of Electricity.

The contract calls for eight 1,200 MW reactors with Russia building the first four, while the next four would be offered for an international tender, reported The Cairo Post.

The site of the plant was determined decades ago, prior to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster of April 1986, which derailed the first attempt to build a nuclear power plant in Egypt. The site in the Matrouh region on the Mediterranean coast in an area known as Dabaa was chosen in 1981.

The 55-square kilometers site for the plant is 184 miles northwest of Cairo.

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