Russia signs deal to build Egypt's first nuclear plant

Russia signs deal to build Egypt's first nuclear plant
Russia has signed an agreement with Egypt to build its first nuclear power plant, which will also be financed through a loan by Moscow.
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19 November, 2015
Putin signed an accord with Sisi to build a plant for electricity generation [Getty]

Russia signed two agreements Thursday 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.