Egypt is said to be close to signing an agreement with Russia's state atomic energy corporation, Rosatom, for the construction of the El Dabaa nuclear power station.
This announcement was made by Egypt's secretary general of the parliament's Environment and Energy Committee, Alaa Salaam, after sixteen members of Egypt's parliament recently paid a visit to several nuclear reactors in Russia.
Towards the end of 2015 Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, Egypt's president, signed the initial agreement for the construction of the nuclear power plant in El Dabaa, 130 kilometres north-west of Cairo.
Vladimir Putin meeting with President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, in 2016. | President of Russia
"I can't give a specific date as to when this contract will be signed, but I hope it will be signed this summer," Salaam is reported to have said.
As part of their visit to Russia, Egypt's delegation visited a 60 year old nuclear power plant in Saint Petersburg. Salaam explained that despite the nuclear power plant's age, it was still operating at 100 percent capacity and with the highest levels of safety,
The El Dabaa nuclear power plant is expected to generate 50,000 jobs in the country.
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