Doosan Enerbility wins contract for turbine island at Egypt nuclear plant

Jungmook Lim, KHNP’s Cairo Office Head (on the left), and Daeyong Yu, Doosan Enerbility’s Cairo Branch Director, pose for a photo in Cairo, Egypt after signing the contract for construction of the El Dabaa NPP turbine island.

Doosan Enerbility has signed a deal with Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power to build the turbine island at the El Dabaa nuclear plant in Egypt.

  • Doosan Enerbility describes the turbine island as the secondary circuit, which includes the turbine and generator-related equipment that is used to produce electrical energy.

Under the contract, Doosan Enerbility will build 82 buildings and structures by 2029, including the turbine building, water treatment and air conditioning systems, with preparations also being made to have the turbine and generator installed.

In total, the project requires the building of four 1,200MW reactors at a site that is located at a distance of 300km to the northwest of Cairo.

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The El Dabaa project was won in 2017 by ASE JSC, a subsidiary of Russia’s state-owned nuclear power company Rosatom, from the Egyptian Atomic Energy Agency.

Rosatom will not only build the plant but will also supply Russian nuclear fuel for its entire life cycle. Furthermore, they will offer plant maintenance for 10 years and build a storage facility for used nuclear fuel.

GE Power will supply four nuclear turbine generator sets required for the project, including the Arabelle half-speed steam turbines, and provide technical expertise for the on-site installation and commissioning.

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A ceremony was held in July this year to mark the pouring of the first concrete for El Dabaa 1. It was attended by Egyptian minister of electricity and renewable energy Mohamed Shaker, NPPA chairman Amged El-Wakeel and Rosatom director general Alexey Likhachov.

“The construction launch at El-Dabaa NPP unit 1 means that Egypt has joined the nuclear club,” said Alexey Likhachov. “The plant will be the largest project of the Russian-Egyptian cooperation since the Aswan High Dam.”

Doosan Enerbility has a nuclear portfolio of 34 reactors and 124 steam generators, with 11 of the reactors and 44 of the steam generators having been exported overseas.

The company also participated in the construction of ten nuclear power plants in Korea, such as the Hanul units 1 to 6 and Shin-Kori units 3 to 6.

Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power is a wholly-owned subsidiary of KEPCO and owns and operates Korea’s 21 nuclear power plants along with 27 hydro-electric power plants.

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