(Updated 2015)


This report provides information on the status and development of nuclear power programmes in Egypt, including factors related to the effective planning, decision making and implementation of the nuclear power programme that together lead to safe and economical operations of nuclear power plants.

The CNPP summarizes organizational and industrial aspects of nuclear power programmes and provides information about the relevant legislative, regulatory and international framework in Egypt.


1.1. Energy Information

1.1.1. Energy Policy

Egyptian strategy covers the diversification of the energy mix including renewable and nuclear energies, higher energy efficiency, a reform of the electricity and the oil and natural gas markets, and reduction of energy subsidies. It is based on meeting the ever increasing demand on electricity with a high degree of reliability and sustainability in addition to defining follow up energy efficiency programmes in the electricity sector.

The diversification of the energy mix in the electricity sector aims to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels, and as a result the production of greenhouse gases, while increasing the share of renewable energy sources and giving a new impetus to the nuclear electricity programme suspended in the 1980s.

In February 2008, the government set an ambitious target of 20% renewable energy in electricity production by 2020, a figure which includes existing large hydro power plants.The government launched a nuclear electricity plan in 2007; and the steps for its implementation are ongoing.

The government of Egypt has given special attention to environmental aspects of its energy policy, and has promulgated several laws and regulations concerning protection of the environment. Egypt issued the Environmental law in the year 1994. Accordingly the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA) was created with the principal functions of development and monitoring of projects and the implementation of pilot projects. Environmental impact assessment must be submitted to EEAA for review and approval before licensing the plants. In addition, the air and water pollution limits applicable to the power plant projects are established.

1.1.2. Estimated Available Energy

At present, most of Egypt's coal reserves are located in Sinai, with a total reserve potential of 21 million tonnes. Egypt is an important non-OPEC energy producer. It has the sixth largest proved oil reserves in Africa. As of 2013, Egypt's proven oil reserves were estimated at 500 million tonnes; the country's reserves of natural gas are estimated at about 1.8 trillion cubic metres, and are the third largest in Africa. Egypt is currently considering the use of nuclear energy; in 2010 the country announced it will revive its civilian nuclear power programme, and plans to build a nuclear power station at El Dabaa which will be constructed with participation from foreign vendors.

Egypt has high solar availability and a high potential for wind energy, especially in the Red Sea coast area. Egypt approved a strategy aimed at increasing the contribution of renewable energy to 20% of total energy generated by 2020, where hydro power would represent 6%, wind 12%, and 2% would be provided by other renewable energy resources, especially solar energy.


Estimated available energy sources (2013)
 Fossil Fuels Nuclear  Renewable
Solid(1) Liquid(2) Gas(3) Uranium(4) Hydro(5) Other Renewable(6)
Total amount in specific units* 21 500 1.8 NA 2.8 0.687
Total amount in Exajoule (EJ) 0.588 21 68 NA 0.047 NA

* Solid, Liquid: Million tons; Gas: Trillion m3; Uranium: Metric tons; Hydro, Renewable: GW

(1) Coal including Lignite: proved recoverable reserves, the tonnage within the proved amount in place that can be recovered in the future under present and expected local economic conditions with existing available technology.

(2) Crude oil and natural gas liquids (Oil Shale, Natural Bitumen and Extra-Heavy Oil are not included): proved recoverable reserves, the quantity within the proved amount in place that can be recovered in the future under present and expected local economic conditions with existing available technology.

(3) Natural gas: proved recoverable reserves, the volume within the proved amount in place that can be recovered in the future under present and expected local economic conditions with existing available technology.

(4) Reasonably Assured Resources (RAR) under < USD 130/kgU

(5) Hydropower: technically exploitable capability, the amount of the gross theoretical capability that can be exploited within the limits of current technology Energy Statistics.

(6) Other Renewable includes only the wind and the solar power.



Egyptian information and decision support center, Egypt information portal,

Egyptian Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy web.

NA :Data Not Available.

1.1.3. Energy Statistics

The total primary energy production was about 60.5 Million tonnes oil equivalent (MTOE) in 2000, increased to about 90 MTOE in 2013 (Table 2).

While natural gas production is rising steadily, its production has jumped from 18.9 Million tonnes oil equivalent in 2000 to 50.5 in 2013, the production of petroleum products is declining as crude oil production has reduced by about 1% yearly; whereas coal and peat show a more static development on a low level. Most of the available hydropower energy resources in Egypt are being exploited; the share of hydropower in primary energy production is limited to 3.3% and reached 13.121 TWh in 2013. Shares of renewable energies have not increased to a significant extent and continue to play a minor role in the energy supply structure.

Total final energy consumption was 49.66 MTOE in 2000 and this figure increased to 86.75 MTOE in 2013 (representing a growth rate of 4.38%). Evolution of energy use shows that consumption of petroleum products has increased at a rate of about 2% per year. The use of natural gas has increased by about 8% per annum.

Table 2. ENERGY STATISTICS (Exajoule)

Annual average Growth Rate (%)
2000 2005 2010 2013 2000 to 2013
Total Energy Production 2.4791 3.0517 3.8386 3.6224 2.96
Solids 0.0016 0.0005 0 0 -
Liquids 1.634 1.394 1.47 1.45 (0.92)
Gases 0.794 1.609 2.318 2.12 7.85
Nuclear 0 0 0 0 0
Hydro 0.049 0.046 0.0465 0.047 (0.32)
Other Renewable 0.0005 0.0022 0.0041 0.0055 20.26
Total Final Energy Consumption 2.0829 2.6194 3.4237 3.6365
Solids 0.0504 0.0504 0.063 0.063 1.73
Liquids 1.142 1.252 1.525 1.5 2.12
Gases 0.756 1.193 1.705 1.945 7.54
Nuclear 0 0 0 0 0
Hydro 0.134 0.122 0.126 0.122 (0.72)
Other Renewable 0.000001 0.000005 0.000012 0.00002
Net Energy Balance (Import- Export) NA NA NA NA NA


Energy Information Administration (EIA) Energy Data and Analysis for Egypt.htm.

Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum web site.


NA :Data Not Available.

1.2. The Electricity System

1.2.1. Electricity System and Decision Making Process

The principal sources of policy are: Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy (MOERE), which holds a monopoly over the distribution, transmission and generation of electricity and the Supreme Council for Energy (SCE), the latter of which reports directly to the President. The Electric Utility and Consumer Protection Agency (EUCPA) is the industry watchdog and is responsible for licensing and sector monitoring. While the Nuclear and Radiological Regulatory Authority (NRRA) is the authority responsible for conducting the regulatory tasks on the nuclear and radiation facilities, activities and practices.

1.2.2. Structure of Electric Power Sector

MOERE is the focal point for five different authorities and one holding company affiliated to the Ministry as shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1: Structure of Egyptian Electric Power Sector

Egypt held approximately 31 GWe of installed electric capacities as of Dec. 2013. Figure 2. shows the distribution of installed capacities by source: distribution is roughly 89% from thermal and 9% from hydro sources which are almost fully utilized. Wind installed capacity represents about 2% of the total.

Figure 2: Total Installed Capacity of 31 GWe in 2013

More than 99% of the Egyptian population has access to electricity; while the number of customers reached 29.7 million in FY 2012/2013.

The Egyptian Electricity Holding Company (EEHC) is mainly responsible for system studies and planning for power plants and grid expansion projects. EEHC has 16 companies: 6 for production, 1 for transmission, and 9 for distribution functions. There is a new electricity law under preparation. According to the new law the drive mechanism of the system will be the Transmission System Operator (TSO). The transmission company will become an independent company, and the restructuring of the EEHC will also be applied. The role of the electricity regulator will be strengthened, and the market mechanism will move forward.

1.2.3. Main Indicators

Between 2000 and 2013, the total installed capacity increased to about 5.54%, mainly through the added combined cycle and wind power installed capacity. In June 2013, the total installed capacity reached 30 803 MW. Approximately 165 TWh of electricity were generated to ensure reliability of electricity supply to customers. During this period the peak load reached 27000 MW and electricity consumption per capita was 1657 kWh.

Total consumption of electricity increased from about 64 TWh in 2000 to 141 TWh in 2013, having an average annual growth rate of 6.2%.


Average Annual Growth Rate (%)
2000 2005 2010 2013 2000 to 2013
Capacity of electrical plants (GWe) 15.286 18.544 24.726 30.803 5.54
- Thermal 12.478 15.659 21.436 27.316 6.21
- Hydro 2.745 2.745 2.8 2.8 0.15
- Nuclear 0 0 0 0 0
- Wind 0.063 0.140 0.49 0.667 19.9
- Geothermal 0 0 0 0 0
- other renewable 0 0 0 0.02 NA
Electricity production (TWh) 77.840 100.996 139.000 164.628 5.93
- Thermal 64.006 87.829 125.004 150.010 6.77
- Hydro 13.697 12.644 12.863 13.121 (0.33)
- Nuclear 0 0 0 0 0
- Wind 0.137 0.523 1.133 1.44 19.84
- Geothermal 0 0 0 0 0
- other renewable 0 0 0 0.057 NA
Total Electricity consumption (TWh) 64.476 85.088 120.180 140.918 6.2

Sources: Egyptian Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy web


2000 2005 2010 2013
Energy consumption per capita (GJ/capita) 3.26 3.707 4.35 4.278
Electricity consumption per capita (kWh/capita) 1008 1204 1527 1657
Electricity production/Energy production (%) 10.99 11.58 12.67 15.9
Nuclear/Total electricity (%) 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Ratio of external dependency (%) NA NA NA NA

Sources: Egyptian Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy web


2.1. Historical Development and Current Organizational Structure

2.1.1. Overview

The factors which led the country to promote launching a nuclear power programme are as follows:

  1. Steadily increasing demand for energy and electricity, caused by population growth, urbanization, industrialization, and the desire and intention to improve the conditions and the standard of living of the people;

  2. Inadequate and insufficient proved national primary energy resources to supply, the increasing demand for energy and electricity on a medium and long term basis; as well as limited potable water resources, which will require the utilization of energy desalination technology particularly in remote areas;

  3. Perception of nuclear power as a convenient, economically competitive and viable source of energy which, if introduced in the country, would not only complement the traditional energy sources, but would also promote technological development and serve as an incentive for social and economic progress;

  4. Nuclear power is the best solution to turn the tide on greenhouse gas.

These reasons have not only retained their validity, but have been reinforced by the developments, which have been taking place.

In compliance with its mission and with the functions assigned by the Government of Egypt, the Nuclear Power Plants Authority (NPPA) has performed a pre-feasibility study for the first Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) to be implemented for the cogeneration of electricity and desalinated water. This study was carried out with technical support from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) during the period 1999-2001 and updated in 2005.

The Egyptian nuclear programme started in 1955 and developed through the following milestones:

Establishment of Atomic Energy Commission.
Establishment of The Atomic Energy Establishment (AEE).
Operation the first research reactor.
Establishment of nuclear engineering department, Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University.
International bidding for constructing a cogeneration nuclear power plant at Borg El-Arab site
Limited international bidding for constructing NPP at Sidi-Krir site (600 MWe).
Establishment of the Nuclear Power Plants Authority (NPPA).
Establishment of Nuclear Materials Authority (NMA).
The project of NPP was stopped due to TMI accident.
Selection of El-Dabaa site for construction of NPP.
International bidding for El Dabaa NPP.
El-Dabaa NPP was postponed due to Chernobyl accident.
Establishment of The National Centre for Nuclear Safety and Radiation Control, (NCNSRC)
Operation of the second research reactor.
The strategic decision to start a programme to construct a number of NPP for electricity generation.
Contracting with a consultant for the 1st Egyptian Nuclear Power Plant.
The Egyptian Nuclear and Radiation law has been promulgated. NCNSRC has released the preliminary approval on El-Dabaa site. Bidding documents for the 1st Egyptian nuclear power Plant have been prepared.
Project was suspended after Egyptian revolution in Jan 2011 and Fukushima accident.
Some improvements has been done in Bidding documents and reviewed by IAEA experts.
Issuing the executive legislation of the Nuclear and Radiation law.
Establishment of the Egyptian Nuclear and Radiological Regulatory Authority (NRRA).

2.1.2. Current Organizational Structure

Figure 3: Nuclear organizations in Egypt

2.2. Nuclear Power Plants: Overview

2.2.1. Status and Performance of Nuclear Power Plants

Not applicable.

2.2.2. Plant Upgrading, Plant Life Management and Licence Renewals

Not applicable.

2.3. Future Development of Nuclear Power Sector

2.3.1. Nuclear Power Development Strategy

In October 2007, the President announced the strategic decision to start a programme to construct a number of nuclear power plants for electricity generation. The elements of this strategic decision include:

  • The implementation of the necessary steps to construct the first Nuclear Power Plant for electricity generation at El-Dabaa; and

  • Commencement of legislative and structural procedures related to the energy sector in general, and the mechanisms and bodies specific to nuclear energy in particular, including:

    • Re-structuring the Supreme Council for Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy;

    • Drafting the “nuclear law” to regulate the relationship between the various authorities involved in or related to peaceful uses of nuclear energy;

    • Re-structuring the existing concerned agencies and authorities;

    • Enhancing the nuclear regulatory body and ensuring its independence.


Station/Project Name Type Capacity
Expected Construction Start Year Expected Commercial Year
 First NPP ( El- Dabaa)  PWR*   2(900-1650) NA NA

* Pressurized Water Reactor

2.3.2. Project Management

  • Nuclear Power Plants Authority (NPPA) is the sole utility in Egypt responsible for project management of the construction and operation of nuclear power plants for electricity generation and seawater desalination.

  • Nuclear Material Authority (NMA) is responsible for exploring the potential of the nuclear ore.

  • Nuclear and Radiation Control Authority (NRRA) is responsible for regulation and control of safety, security and nuclear safeguards, as well as the review and approval (licensing) process.

2.3.3. Project Funding

  • Implementation of a sound and successful financing plan is in progress. A strong public and government policy in support of nuclear power has been created through activating the role of the Supreme Council for the Peaceful Purposes of Nuclear Energy.

  • Developing and implementing all the necessary financial plans (including Waste and Decommissioning) is part of the scope of services of the project consultant.

  • The electricity sector finances most of its projects through the international financial institutions, the regional fund and banks, and local resources.

2.3.4. Electric Grid Development

  • In the 1980s NPPA in cooperation with the EEHC carried out a technical study by Swedpower to investigate the interconnection of the first NPP with the Egyptian grid. The grid capacity was less than 15 GWe and the new nuclear unit is likely to be the largest unit on the system (1 GWe).

  • The outcome of the study indicated that with the planned expansion over a period of 15 years the grid can accommodate 4 nuclear units of 1GW each at the El Dabaa site without serious implications.

  • Currently the installed capacity is more than double, so no interconnection problems are expected. A detailed study will take place during the project negotiation phase.

2.3.5. Sites

  • The El Dabaa site is a coastal site on the Mediterranean Sea (west of Alexandria) which is characterized by low seismic activity.

  • The site studies and investigations were performed according to the French regulations and practices.

  • Nuclear Power Plants Authority (NPPA) completed the required site permit application and submitted it to the regulatory body, which approves the site in principle and asks for the approval of an environmental impact report.

2.4. Organizations Involved in Construction of NPPs

  • NPPA is the only governmental utility that has the right to introduce NPPs including their construction and operation.

  • The Egyptian strategy intends to maximize the spin off effects of the nuclear power plants programme in modernizing Egyptian industries and upgrading several stakeholders through planned increase in local participation in every new plant.

2.5. Organizations Involved in Operation of NPPs

  • NPPA will cooperate with the vendor to establish all operation requirements involving the O&M staff.

2.6. Organizations Involved in Decommissioning of NPPs

  • NPPA is responsible for developing the decommissioning strategy which is needed in order to obtain the NPP licence.

2.7. Fuel Cycle Including Waste Management

  • Egypt has taken the decision to adopt an open fuel cycle.

  • Necessary agreements to provide enrichment services will be investigated along with the contracting schemes of the nuclear power plant.

  • For radioactive waste, on-site storage will be the method adopted, covering the operating life of the plant.

  • Final disposal (presumably in deep geological formations) will follow international trends and experience.

2.8. Research and Development

2.8.1. R&D Organizations

The main Research and Development organization in Egypt is the Egyptian Atomic Energy Authority (EAEA), which comprises three research centers as indicated in Appendix 2.

Its mandate is to achieve the maximum utilization of the peaceful uses of the atomic energy for the welfare of the Egyptian people from the outset. This covers the fields of health, agriculture, food, industry, environment, and water resources.

Major Research and Development facilities at the EAEA include:

  • Two Research Reactors;

  • Fuel Manufacturing Plant devoted for the manufacture of fuel for the second research reactor;

  • The Radioisotope Production Facility;

  • Two Cobalt's radiation facilities;

  • Two accelerators;

  • Liquid Radwaste treatment facility.

2.8.2. Development of Advanced Nuclear Technologies

Not applicable

2.8.3. International Co-operation and Initiatives

In 2011 Egypt joined the International Project on Innovative Nuclear Reactors and Fuel Cycles (INPRO), and is participating in the International Nuclear Fuel Cycle Association (INFCA) as an observer.

Under the framework of technical cooperation programmes Egypt and IAEA elaborated an integrated operational plan for the implementation of Technical Cooperation projects, identifying experts, tasks, and workshops required by the implementation of the project. The plan included the following areas: project management feasibility study; siting; human resources development; and nuclear security and safety.

Project Number 
Project Title
1st Year of Approval
Separation and Estimation of Valuable Rare Metal during Uranium Ore Processing
Developing Human Resource Capacities for the Nuclear Power Plant Project
Evaluating Selected Uranium Resources and Producing
Managing Nuclear Power Plant Projects
Supporting and Strengthening the Regulatory Body for Reviews, Assessments and Inspections of Nuclear Power Plants
Upgrading and Improving Emergency Response Capabilities of the Atomic Energy Authority

2.9. Human Resources Development

The strategy for human resource development is to develop the knowledge and skills needed for human resources to support all phases of the nuclear power programme in a timely manner.

There is a high level of national expertise in many areas related to the NPP project, except in construction of NPPs, and O&M, and in some regulatory activities relating to Nuclear Power Plants.

Key partnerships in training outside the country are those with the IAEA and with countries that have bilateral agreements with Egypt.

2.10. Stakeholder Involvement

The stakeholders to be addressed are:

  • Organizations that should participate in development of the strategy and communication plans, and organizations involved in the implementation of these plans; and

  • Affecting and affected stakeholders that should be the target audiences for the communications.

NPPA takes a leading role in the implementation of the NPP project. The main near term actions regarding stakeholder involvement are:

  • Finalizing strategic goals and the attached action plans with clearly defined role responsibility for each stakeholder;

  • Implementing a human resources development programme;

  • Implementing the plans of communication with each of the target audiences;

  • Establishing a web site on the internet;

  • Conducting an information campaign to raise awareness of the nuclear programme in order to explain its objectives and plans and to respond to the allegations made by groups opposing the use of nuclear energy.

Communications/public relations specialists need to be a part of the project team.

NRRA will also have its own strategy and communication plans; however, it should coordinate its efforts with those of others.

2.11. Emergency Preparedness

Not applicable.


3.1 Regulatory Framework

3.1.1 Regulatory Authority(s)

NRRA has the legal authority to conduct regulatory tasks on the nuclear and radiation facilities, activities and practices, including safety, security and nuclear safeguards.

3.1.2 Licensing Process

Upon submitting the required application for granting a licence by the licensee (NPPA) and throughout the licensing process, NRRA's staff will review and assess the application and its relevant safety reports for its completeness and adequacy for the licensing conditions and will make a recommendation to NRRA board of directors who will issue the licences. Figure 4 presents the organizations involved in the licensing process of NPPs, which also includes the governmental environmental entities to regulate the environmental aspects relevant to NPP impacts during the licensing process.

Fig. 4 Licensing Procedures for Nuclear Power Plants in Egypt

NRRA has adopted basic safety rules based upon IAEA Nuclear Safety Standards (NUSS), which establish nuclear regulations, safety criteria, codes, rules and standards required for NPPs. NRRA has made the condition that the proposed plant should be licensable in the vendor's country.

The licensing procedures are divided in to 6 stages:

  • Site permit;

  • Construction permit;

  • Pre-operation testing permit;

  • Fuel loading and approach to criticality permit;

  • Operating licence;

  • Decommissioning licence.

3.2  National laws and regulations in nuclear power

The main laws are:

  • Law on Regulation of Nuclear and Radiation Activities and its executive regulation;

  • Presidential Decree establishing the Atomic Energy Authority:

  • Law organizing the use of ionizing radiation and protection against it;

  • Law on environmental protection and its executive regulations.


Appendix 1: International, Multilateral and Bilateral Agreements

Summary of Egypt's International, Multilateral and Bilateral Treaties, Agreements

Non Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty (NPT)
Safeguards Agreement
Vienna Convention on Civil Liability

Joint Protocol Relating to the Application of the Vienna Convention and Paris Convention

Early Notification of Nuclear Accident
Assistance in the case of Nuclear Accident
Convention on Nuclear safety

Appendix 2: Main Organizations, Institutions and Companies Involved in Nuclear Power Related Activities

1. Atomic Energy Authority (AEA)

Nuclear Research Center;

National Center for Radiation Research and Technology (NCRRT);

Hot Laboratories and Waste Management Center (HLWMC)


3 Ahmed El-Zomor Street
Tel. 202 22876033

Nasr City
Tel. 202 22875924

Fax. 202 22876031


2. The Egyptian Nuclear and Radiological Regulatory Authority (NRRA)

Main activities:

  • Regulating all nuclear and radiation facilities, activities and practices in Egypt


3 Ahmed El-Zomor
Tel: +(202) 22738668

Nassr City
Chairman Fax: +(202) 22740238

Post Code 11787
Emergency Room: +(202) 22738668

Central Lab. Fax: +(202) 22713212


Licence Fax: +(202) 22740237

3. Nuclear Materials Authority (NMA)

Main activities:

  • Research and Development

  • Exploration and Mining of Nuclear Materials


El Maadi-Kattamiya Road
Tel. 202 27585831

P.O. Box 530, Maadi
Fax: 202 27585832


4. Nuclear Power Plants Authority (NPPA)

Main activities:

  • NPPs Project implementation

  • O and M over NPPs Life Cycle


4 El Nasr Avenue

P.O Box 8191, Nasr City
Tel: 202 22616480/83

P.O. Box 108, Abbassia
Fax: 202 22616476

Cairo, 11381

Name of report coordinator:

Dr. Khalil Abdel Fattah Yasso


Nuclear Power Plants Authority (NPPA)


Tel. 202 22616480-83

Fax. 202 22616476