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    Russia Interested in Implementation of NPP Construction Project in Egypt

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    Moscow is interested in the successful construction of the Dabaa Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in Egypt's north, Russian parliament's upper house speaker Valentina Matvienko said Saturday.

    CAIRO (Sputnik) — The lawmaker reminded that the main contract for the construction of the NPP was signed in the end of 2016.

    "As for the construction of the nuclear plant it is for sure a strategic and the biggest joint project by our countries and we are interested in its successful realization," Matvienko said a meeting with Egypt's Prime Minister Sherif Ismail.

    Meanwhile,the Egyptian proime minister said that Egypt and Russia may agree remaining three contracts on construction of Egypt's first nuclear power plant within the coming weeks.

    "Indeed, the main commercial contract has been signed, further three contracts on operation, maintenance and fuel supply remain. I will be in contact with the [Russian] energy minister over this issue. I expect to finalize the issue this week or the week after."

    Russia and Egypt signed an intergovernmental agreement on the construction of the Dabaa NPP, consisting of four nuclear power units, 1,200 megawatt each, on the Mediterranean Sea coast in November 2015.

    It is set to become the largest construction project carried out by Russia and Egypt since the Aswan Dam.


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