Egypt plans to build a second NPP on the Mediterranean coast. Egypt’s Nuclear Power Plants Authority (ENPPA) and international consulting firm Worley Parsons will conduct detailed research work in the area of al-Nagilya on the Mediterranean coast for the construction of a second NPP Egyptian, economic newspaper Al-Bursa reported, citing a source in the government.

Preliminary studies confirmed that al-Nagilya in the province of Mersa Matruh is suitable for the construction of a two-unit third-generation NPP with a total capacity of 2,800MWe. The cost is put at about $14bn.  More detailed studies of the area will take two years. ENPPA will hold talks with the administration of the province of Marsa Matrouh on the allocation of about 30km2 of land for the project. The source stressed that construction of of the second NPP would not begin until after the first plant is completed at El-Dabaa with the participation of   Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom.

Once all the preliminary research is completed an international tender will be organided. "We have already received three proposals from South Korea, China and France, but these will be considered only after all the research is done," an ENPPA source said, according to Al-Bursa. The Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy wuill also need approval of the project from the Ministries of Defence, Interior, Oil, Population, Agriculture, Communications, Environmental Protection and Tourism, as well as from the Supreme Council for Antiquities. It will then be submitted to the President.

Egypt's Nuclear Power Plants Authority, working with consultants Worley Parsons, is to carry out a two-year project in the al-Nagil area of the Matrouh province to identify a suitable site for a second nuclear power plant, Al Bursa reported. Construction of a second plant would start only after Egypt's first one is built in Dabaa, the report said.