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IAEA approves area for first Egyptian nuclear plant

RIA Novosti

13:29 18/09/2010

CAIRO, September 18 (RIA Novosti) - El Dabaa, an Egyptian region lying 183.9 miles away from Cairo, corresponds to all international requirements and is appropriate for establishing the first Egyptian nuclear power plant in it, IAEA experts said on Saturday.

Egypt is set to construct four nuclear power reactors by 2025, with the first of them to be put into operation in 2019.

The north African state's nuclear program was originally suspended after the Chernobyl disaster in the former Soviet Union in 1986.

Egypt is expected to announce the tender for the construction of the nuclear power plant by the end of the year. Russia is ready to offer its vast experience, its high-technology solutions and financial assistance to the project.

In March 2008, during Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's visit to Moscow, Russia and Egypt signed an agreement on cooperation in the civilian nuclear sector. The document stipulates Russia's right to participate in tenders to build nuclear power facilities in Egypt.

In 2009, the Egyptian authorities officially invited Russia to participate in a tender to build Egypt's first nuclear power plant.

Egypt, which possesses large reserves of uranium ore, has two experimental nuclear reactors, one constructed in 1958 by the Soviet Union and the other bought from Argentina.

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