The construction of Egypt’s Dabaa nuclear power plant could start in 2020, Alexei Likhachev, Rosatom CEO, has announced, according to Al Ahram Newspaper.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and Russian President Vladimir Putin attended the signing of the Dabaa agreement and officially launched the nuclear plant during Putin’s visit to Cairo in December 2017.

“If we proceed according to the schedule set by the presidents [of Russia and Egypt] on December 11, this [start of construction] will provisionally take place in 2020,” Likhachev pointed out, adding that the project’s preparation work has been taking place at the plant’s site in Egypt’s north coast.

The proposed Dabaa nuclear plant will begin commercial operations by 2026, according to the Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy, Mohamed Shaker, Amwal Al Ghad reports.

The plant will contain four nuclear units and be able to produce 4,800 megawatts (MW) of electricity.