Egypt: 1st nuclear plant site announced

Mubarak orders construction of nuclear plant on Mediterranean coast.

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
August 25, 2010 16:15
The reactor building of Bushehr nuclear power plant is seen just outside the city of Bushehr.

Bushehr Reactor 311. (photo credit: Associated Press)

 
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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.


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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.

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