Training of the first group of specialists for Egypt’s El-Dabaa Nuclear Power Plant began in early September 2021 at the St. Petersburg branch of Rosatom’s Technical Academy, which is located in Kaluga district, western Russia.
The training program is being carried out in the framework of contracts pertaining to the construction of a nuclear power plant that upon completion would be the North African country’s first of its kind.
It will begin with a six-month Russian language course that will have an enrollment of 465 Egyptian students, after which the trainees will start a theoretical training course followed by practical training and internships at Rosatom’s nuclear power plants including Leningrad NPP-2 and other workplaces.
The State Atomiс Energy Corporation will train a total of approximately 1,700 specialists in the framework of this program by the year 2028. The training program will take place at the Rosatom Technical Academy in Russia as well as the Nuclear Power Plant Training Centre in Egypt.
Preparedness of the academy
According to the rector of Rosatom Technical Academy Yuri Seleznev, the St. Petersburg branch, efforts have been made to equip the academy’s training facilities and modernize its IT infrastructure to improve the quality of training of personnel.
Instructors, some of which are experienced operators, having worked at nuclear power plants for many years, and other young specialists who completed long technical training courses and had internships at nuclear power plants, and all of which are fluent in English, have been prepared to conduct the training.
An analytical simulator is also expected to be commissioned at the training site by the current year-end. Students’ living conditions were also improved, considering the cultural characteristics of the Arab Republic, as part of an investment made for the development of Rosatom Technical Academy.