Russia, Egypt Ink Deal on Nuclear Fuel

The Egyptian Atomic Energy Authority and the Novosibirsk Chemical Concentrates Plant (NCCP), a subsidiary of Russia’s Rosatom, have agreed on a ten-year contract for the supply of low-enriched nuclear fuel components for Egypt’s ETTR-2 research reactor, Power Engineering Magazine reported.

The fuel components include uranium and aluminum items, Rosatom said in a statement. ETTR-2 focuses on “research in particle physics and material studies, as well as for production of radioisotopes”.

It is located at a nuclear research facility in Inshas in Egypt’s Sharqiya governorate.

TVEL senior vice-president for commerce and international business Oleg Grigoriyev said: “The long-term contract is a logical follow-up to a number of contractual documents for shipments of fuel components to Egypt, successfully fulfilled by NCCP in the past three years.”

According to Rosatom TVEL, the business development prospects in Egypt also embrace supply of nuclear fuel to all four power units of the planned 4,800MW El-Debaa nuclear power plant for its entire operation period.

El-Debaa is the country’s first nuclear power plant and will be located in Egypt’s Matrouh province on the Mediterranean coast. The company said the fuel contract for the El-Debaa nuclear power plant came into force in 2017.

It is understood the Central Design & Technological Institute, another TVEL subsidiary, is involved as a design subcontractor for the storage facility for spent nuclear fuel from El-Debaa.

In January, Egypt’s Nuclear Power Plants Authority (NPPA) awarded Australia’s Worley, formerly WorleyParsons, a consultancy services contract for the plant.

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