The Yemeni government on Monday signed an agreement with a US energy company to build nuclear power plants over the next 10 years to generate electricity, official said.
Yemen's plan to build plants to generate 5,000 megawatts of energy follows similar announcements made by other Arab Gulf and Middle East countries to develop peaceful nuclear energy programs.
"The energy issue is a very important issue, and it is the main force that drives our developments," said Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Mujur at a ceremony after the signing of the agreement with Houston-based Powered Corporation.
Yemen, one of the poorest countries in Arab world, is looking to build nuclear plants to generate electricity and to desalinate sea water in order to meet the needs of its urban population and boost the country's industrial development, government officials said.
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