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El-Dabaa: Egypt’s First Ever Nuclear Power Plant

November 2, 2023

An increasing demand for energy and electricity due to a continuously growing population, insufficient primary energy sources, and limited potable water resources are only some of the reasons Egypt embarked on a journey to establish its first nuclear energy plant: El-Dabaa Nuclear Power Plant. As the name suggests, El-Dabaa Nuclear Power Plant is being built 6 kilometres away from El-Dabaa town in the Egyptian governorate of Matrouh. Once it is fully operational by 2031, the plant is expected to power approximately four million Egyptian homes, and eliminate nearly 14 million tonnes of carbon emissions per annum. That being said, nuclear power is a low-emission source of electricity. It accounts for almost 10 percent of electricity generation globally. Set to be the first of its kind to produce nuclear energy for peaceful purposes in Egypt, El-Dabaa Nuclear Power Plant will comprise four pressurized water reactors (PWRs) with a total capacity of 4.8 gigawatts, 1,200 megawatts each. This is expected to account for up to 50 percent of Egypt’s total power generation capacity. The funding for the project was split between Egypt and Russia. Under a 22-year repayment loan worth USD 25…

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