Bushehr Reactor 311.
(photo credit: Associated Press)
CAIRO — Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak has instructed the government to start building the country's first nuclear power plant at a site on the Mediterranean coast, ending a year of controversy.RELATED:Egypt's energy crisis stirs public unrest'Egypt may buy back gas from Israel'Egyptians protest power outages, block key highwayEgypt blames Israel for recent power outages
Mubarak's decision puts an end to attempts by business tycoons with strong ties to the ruling family to build sea resorts on the el-Dabaa site. The whole coast is known for its attractive beaches.
Presidential spokesman Suleiman Awwad said in a Wednesday statement that
Mubarak reached the decision after discussions with members of the
Supreme Council of Nuclear Energy.
Mubarak first announced plans to launch a number of nuclear power plants
in 2007. He pledged to work closely with the U.N. nuclear watchdog
agency and said Egypt was not seeking to develop nuclear weapons.