The ETRR-2 research reactor in Egypt. Photo courtesy Rosatom. Novosibirsk Chemical Concentrates Plant (NCCP) and the Egyptian Atomic Energy Authority have signed a 10-year contract for Russia to supply low-enriched uranium (LEU) for the ETRR-2 research reactor.

Russia’s Tvel nuclear fuel company, of which NCCP is a subsidiary, said the contract is a logical follow-up to a number of contracts for the shipment of fuel components to Egypt in recent years.

The Argentinian-designed multipurpose ETRR-2, Egypt’s only reactor, uses uranium fuel with an enrichment of 19.75%. The reactor is used for research in particle physics, materials engineering, and the production of stable isotopes.

Tvel, a subsidiary of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom, said it considers Egypt an important and promising market. The company already has a contract for nuclear fuel supplies to the future El Dabaa nuclear station in the north of the African country. The contract covers supplies to all four power units of El Dabaa during the facility’s entire operational lifetime.

Russia’s Central Design and Technological Institute, another Tvel subsidiary, is involved in the project to build a storage facility for spent nuclear fuel at El Dabaa.

Date: Tuesday, 07 April 2020
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