June 30, 2010 / 7:05 AM / in 7 years

Russia briefs Egypt officials on nuclear plant design

CAIRO (Reuters) - Russia’s atomic energy corporation Rosatom is briefing Egyptian energy officials on Russian nuclear power plant technology and design in a two-day workshop, Egypt’s energy ministry said on Tuesday.

<p>The nuclear power plant at Kozloduy, some 200 km (124 miles) north of the capital Sofia, is seen in this December 4, 2006 file photo. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov/Files</p>

Egypt has said it wants to build four nuclear power plants by 2025, with the first to start operating in 2019. Russia’s trade minister said in March his country would bid in Egyptian nuclear power plant tenders.

The workshop, which began on Tuesday, included more than a dozen Russian experts, the ministry’s website cited Electricity and Energy Minister Hassan Younes as saying.

“This workshop comes within the framework of the ministry’s plan to acquaint itself with all available nuclear technology before offering an international tender to build nuclear plants,” the statement said.

Officials say Egypt’s combined oil and gas reserves will last the most populous Arab country only three decades, pushing it to seek alternative energy sources, including nuclear and solar.

Last month Bangladesh said its atomic energy commission had brought in Rosatom to help it build two nuclear reactors by 2015.

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