Over 400 representatives of Egyptian businesses attended a nuclear industry suppliers’ forum organized by Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom and Egypt’s Nuclear Power Plants Authority (NPPA). The event was held on November 25–26 and broadly covered by Egyptian media.
The attendees learned about Rosatom’s Procurement System, licensing and certification of nuclear industry suppliers in Egypt, and government supervision of nuclear power plants in Russia.
The forum was declared open by Osama Osran, Deputy Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy of Egypt, Amgad el-Wakeel, Chairman of the Nuclear Power Plants Authority (NPPA), and Kirill Komarov, Rosatom’s First Deputy Director General for Corporate Development and International Business.
Sergey Kirpichenko, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Arab Republic of Egypt, was a special guest of the forum.
In his welcome speech, Osama Osran spoke about the history of Russian-Egyptian cooperation in the civil nuclear industry. It started in the 1960s with the construction of Egypt’s first research reactor based on a Russian design.
“This was the first milestone on our way towards implementation of nuclear technology in different areas of life, such as medicine, industry and agriculture,” Osama Osran said. This idea was supported by the NPPA Chairman. Amgad el-Wakeel noted that the El Dabaa project was a crowning achievement in the Russian-Egyptian friendship and a result of long and mutually beneficial cooperation in the nuclear industry.
According to Kirill Komarov, the nuclear power plant at El Dabaa will secure a partnership between the two countries for at least a century.
On the second day of the forum a round table on nuclear energy public acceptance was held. Speakers from Russia and Hungary shared their views on this topic with the audience.
Specific attention was paid to new opportunities for local suppliers of machinery and equipment and service providers. In conclusion, Russian companies involved in the El Dabaa project held individual B2B meetings with Egyptian suppliers and outlined cooperation plans for the future.