Undersecretary of the Ministry of Electricity Hassan Mahmoud Hassanein led a high-level delegation to participate in the Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Science and Technology of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), held Thursday in Vienna.

The conference aims to focus on developments and innovations in nuclear science and technology for peaceful purposes, and the means available to disseminate these technologies to the IAEA’s member countries, Hassanein’s Thursday press statement explained. Egypt’s Ambassador to Austria, Omar Amer, delivered Egypt’s speech during the conference, asserting Egypt’s inherent and inalienable right, enshrined in the Non-Proliferation Treaty of 1968, to the peacefully use of atomic energy without condition or restriction.

Amer added that Egypt has begun implementing four nuclear power units for the production of electricity to meet its development needs. In 2015, Moscow and Cairo signed an agreement for Russia to build a nuclear power plant in Egypt, with Russia extending a loan to cover the cost of construction. The Russian state-owned nuclear firm Rosatom expects the plant, Egypt’s first, to complete construction in Dabaa by 2022.

Source: Egypt Independent