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.
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.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
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.