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Rosatom begins construction of Unit 2 of the El Dabaa nuclear plant (Egypt)

23 Nov 2022

The Russian state-owned nuclear group Rosatom has begun the construction of the second unit of the 4.8 GW El Dabaa nuclear power plant, located in the city of El Dabaa, in the Matrouh governorate (northern Egypt). Earlier in November 2022, The Egyptian Nuclear and Radiological Regulatory Authority (ENRRA) had granted Rosatom permission to establish the 1.2 GW Unit 2.

The nuclear plant, which is expected to become fully operational by 2030, will consists of four VVER-1200 units with a capacity of 1.2 GW. The first reactor entered construction in July 2022, and construction for Units 3 and 4 is expected to begin in 2023. Rosatom is building the El Dabaa nuclear plant under a bilateral agreement signed between Russia and Egypt in November 2015.

Currently, South Africa is the only African nation with commercial nuclear power. Indeed, Eskom owns and operates two reactors at Koeberg with a total capacity of 1.9 GW.

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