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Egypt mulls building new nuclear reactor: report

The shut down Grohnde nuclear power plant (KWG) is located next to River Weser, north of the town of Grohnde in the Lower Saxony municipality of Emmerthal in the Hameln-Pyrmont district. Getty Images Image used for illustrative purpose. The plant began commercial power operation February 1, 1985. The plant was shut down on 31 December 2021 as part of Germany’s transition to a renewable energy future (Atomausstieg). Nuclear decommissioning is expected to take 15 years. In Germany is currently a political discussion about reopening. Since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022 and the energy crisis, politicians discuss about re-opening the three nuclear power stations which where shut down on December 31, 2021 (Grohnde , Brokdorf and Gundremmingen).

Egypt is considering building new nuclear units for power generation after it completes the existing reactor in 2028, an Egyptian newspaper reported on Thursday.

The Nuclear Power Plants Authority (NPPA), which oversees such projects in the most populous Arab nation, is studying “adding four new nuclear units for electricity production,” the Arabic language daily Addustour said, quoting a source at the Egyptian Electricity and Renewable Energy Ministry.

The report said the new units could be constructed in Dabaa, where Egypt’s only nuclear power plant is being built, or nearby areas.

“We have requested the allocation of a land in Matrouh Governorate (Northwest Egypt) pending a final decision in this respect…we will be open to offers from several countries, including China, Europe and the Company which is building Dabaa reactor,” the source said, referring to Russia’s state-owned nuclear energy corporation, Rosatom.

“The Ministry has an ambitious nuclear programme for the generation of electricity and diversification of energy sources, including wind and solar energy.”

In a statement last week, NPPA said it would begin building the fourth unit at Dabaa in the fourth quarter of 2023 after the project was approved by the country’s top nuclear power authority. The plant consists of four units with a capacity of 1,200 megawatt (MW) each.

Source: Zawya