The El Dabaa nuclear power plant, being built by Russian Rosatom and Egyptian contractors, is moving forward extremely rapidly. The cement for the first of four reactors was poured in July 2022 and as of Jan. 23, 2024, the two countries held a ceremony to mark the pouring of concrete for the fourth, marking that the construction is moving ahead of schedule. Russian President Vladimir Putin attended the ceremony via video conference along with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, according to a Kremlin report.
Putin said that El Dabaa NPP “will contribute to the creation of modern production facilities, skilled jobs, and the resolution of social issues. We will do this together because the new energy system allows us to do all this. This is truly a flagship project in the best traditions of our bilateral cooperation.”
Citing Egypt’s new memberships in the BRICS this month, the Russian President went on: “New promising opportunities for boosting our fruitful cooperation are emerging in connection with Egypt’s membership in BRICS. I want to emphasize that from the very beginning, Russia sincerely supported the Egyptian party’s desire to become a full member of this association. During Russia’s BRICS chairmanship this year, we will do our best to help Egypt in joining the organization’s work in the most efficient way.”