El-Dabaa Nuclear Power Plant in Egypt to bring about economic change

  • Oct 20, 2021
  • ESI Africa

The first nuclear power plant in Egypt, El-Dabaa, is set to bring about thousands of jobs, political, social and economic gains.

Around 300 jobs have been announced by the Nuclear Power Plants Authority in a range of fields, some of which will be at El-Dabaa power plant and others in Cairo.

A total of 3,000 jobs will be offered directly by the authority to work at the nuclear power plant. More than 6,000 jobs will be offered directly by contractors, and five times more jobs will have been made available indirectly by Egyptian companies by the time the construction of the project ends, according to Amgad al-Wakil, head of the Nuclear Power Plants Authority.

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All tests for the jobs will be online to prevent nepotism and to select the best applicants to work in such a national mega project, Wakil said.

The next three phases for the nuclear power plant will witness the operation of three reactors at 1,200MW each, which would reduce the Egyptian and Russian staff needed at the plant.

Dabaa Nuclear Power Plant will provide job opportunities and bring about political, social, and economic gains, radically changing the reality of El-Dabaa area.

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The El-Dabaa area will see eight nuclear power stations built over eight phases. The first includes a station of four reactors to general power at 1,200MW, which makes the capacity of the station 4,800MW.

The power plant whose capacity amounts to 4,800MW will provide direct and many more indirect opportunities.

According to the World Nuclear Association, in April 2019 the Nuclear Power Plants Authority (NPPA) received a site approval permit for the El-Dabaa site from the Egyptian Nuclear Regulation and Radiological Authority (ENRRA).

In December 2019 the NPPA signed a further contract with Worley (formerly WorleyParsons) to serve as a consultant for the El-Dabaa project to 2030, providing technical support for the NPPA’s design review, project management, procurement, construction management, training, procedure development, quality assurance and commissioning of the plant.

The planned units at El-Dabaa are designated as V-529, a warm-water version of the V-491 units at Leningrad II.

As well as addressing power supplies, the NPPA expects to build four nuclear desalination plants.

In November 2019 the IAEA concluded an integrated nuclear infrastructure review (INIR) undertaken at government invitation.

In August 2020 the NPPA said it expected a construction permit to be issued in the second half of 2021.

In February 2021 representatives from the Russian and Egyptian governments reported that the COVID-19 pandemic had slowed preparations at the site, and by May 2021 the expectation was that a construction permit for unit 1 would be issued in July 2022.