Nuclear MENA !

After Israel, and recently Iran, here is Egypt now that is after its nuclear power “civil usage” facility.  

Would then nuclear proliferation reach the MENA or would it be slowed down by the currently budgeted limitations due to the oil price volatility.

WORLD NUCLEAR ASSOCIATION updated January 2016 published the following article :

Emerging Nuclear Energy Countries (Updated January 2016)

Over 45 countries are actively considering embarking upon nuclear power programmes.

These range from sophisticated economies to developing nations.

The front runners are UAE, Turkey, Vietnam, Belarus, and Poland.

Nuclear power is planned in over 20 countries which do not currently have it, and under some level of consideration in over 20 more (in a few, consideration is not necessarily at government level).

In the Middle East and North Africa: Gulf states including UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar & Kuwait, Yemen, Israel, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Algeria, Morocco, Sudan.

Egypt Nuclear Chronology  is a must read PDF format report that document 10 years of Egypt attempt of going nuclear.  It was last updated in February 2011.

Al Jazeera  reported back on February 2015 that :

Russia to help build Egypt’s first nuclear power plant

Russian and Egyptian presidents announce several deals, including plan to build plant in Alexandria, after Cairo talks.

The presidents of Russia and Egypt have announced after talks in Cairo that the two countries are to build Egypt’s first nuclear power plant together, as well as boosting natural gas trade among other deals.

Vladimir Putin and Abdel Fattah el-Sisi made the announcement on Tuesday at a joint news conference in the Egyptian capital, where they signed an agreement on the plant’s construction.

“If final decisions are made, it will mean not just building a nuclear power plant, it means the creation of the entire new atomic industry in Egypt,” said Putin.

More recently, Reuters  wrote on 19 November 2015 :

Egypt, Russia sign deal to build a nuclear power plant

CAIRO : Moscow and Cairo signed an agreement on Thursday (19 November 2015) for Russia to build a nuclear power plant in Egypt, with Russia extending a loan to Egypt to cover the cost of construction.

A spokesman for Russia’s state-owned nuclear firm Rosatom said the plant, Egypt’s first, would be built at Dabaa in the north of the country and was expected to be completed by 2022.

Dabaa near Alexandria
Dabaa near Alexandria

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, speaking on state TV, gave few details but said the project would involve the building of a ‘third-generation’ plant with four reactors.

It is not clear how much the deal is worth but Sisi said the loan from Russia would be paid off over 35 years.

“The country and the balance sheet will not bear the cost of building this plant. It will be paid back through the actual production of electricity that will be generated by this plant,” he said.

Rosatom said in October that it was in the final stages of negotiating the deal, which it expected to be completed by the end of the year. Egypt has been considering a nuclear plant at Dabaa on and off since the 1980s.

Yesterday, UKNews quoting Reuters informed that :

Egypt, Russia to start nuclear plant work in 2018 – Interfax 

MOSCOW, 2 February 2016.

Egypt may start construction of its first nuclear power plant with Russia’s assistance in 2018, Interfax news agency quoted Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov as saying on Tuesday.

The plant would be built at Dabaa in the north of Egypt and was expected to be completed by 2022.-Reuters

Egypt, Russia may start building nuclear power plant in 2018 – Interfax





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