Russia in talks over Algeria’s first nuclear power plant

The Algerian Commissariat of Atomic Energy (Comena)and Russia’s Rosatom have held further talks on the former’s plans to develop its first nuclear power plant.

The North African state is planning to implement its first atomic energy facility in 2026 and the cooperation between both countries on the project was first announced last year.
“The parties discussed ways of further cooperation on the peaceful uses of atomic energy, and devised an action plan for a move on to a new level of cooperation reported,” the COMENA website reported.

The scheme is part of Rosatom‘s aim to broaden its portfolio in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region.

Rosatom has already signed agreements with Egypt and Jordan to facilitate the development of reactors in those countries. The Egyptian plant would be equipped with four 1,200MW reactors while the Jordanian facility would comprise two nuclear power reactors with a total capacity of 2,000MW, at a cost of $10bn.

In October last year, Rosatom Chief Executive Sergey Kirienko announced that the company was starting consultations on the construction of a NPP in Algeria. According to Kirienko, Algeria plans to put the plant into operation in 2026, and there is plenty of time for selecting a specific project.

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