Egypt: The first nuclear power plant

By on August 27, 2010

Egypt: The first nuclear power plantThe Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak, has addressed the long controversy about where the first nuclear power plant to be implanted. He decided, during a meeting with the members of the Supreme Council, that “Al-Dabaa will be the site for the plant, meant for peaceful nuclear energy purposes”,

the president’s spokesman, Mr. Suliman Awwad said in a statement.

He added that the meeting is a leap towards the implementation of the strategic program for energy supply and use of nuclear energy power peacefully”. Finally, it is the result, after long debates on the impact of nuclear proliferation and pollution (NPP) on the environment and tourism, which had plunged the issue in an impasse. In fact the site of Al-Dabaa, located on the Mediterranean coast in the west of Alexandria, is known for its attractive beaches.

The choice of this region, “Although there were alternative locations, is the best site for the optimal development of the first nuclear power plant. It has met all criteria set by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and the studies conducted in partnership with it, the spokesman said.

The General-Director of the IAEA, Yukiya Amano, said during his visit to Cairo in June that the international supervising nuclear activities’ body is supporting Egypt in its choice to develop a peaceful nuclear program and that the IAEA is ready to cooperate with Egypt in this regard.

The Minister of Electricity, Hassan Younis, has previously estimated at four billion dollars the building of a 1000 megawatt power plant, in concordance with the announced plan to realise several nuclear power plants to meet the growing energy demand in the country. The actual power plants just could no longer keep the pace, and power outages are increasing

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