3 September 2012

Egypt: Minister - Nation to Press Ahead With Nuclear Program to Challenge Dearth of Electricity Production

Minister of Electricity Mahmoud Balba'a reviewed the report with Prime Minister Hisham Qandil before forwarding it to President Mohamed Morsi.

The minister said that Egypt will press ahead with its nuclear power for electricity production in the light of limited electricity production from traditional energy sources.

He also noted that Egypt agreed with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to get technical support to prepare for the nuclear program and prepare principle studies for establishing nuclear power plants as well as the international watchdog's participation in energy planning studies until 2030.

The report also highlighted infringements by residents of areas neighboring Dabaa on the nuclear site including a sit-in staged by the residents and their prevention of workers from accessing the site.

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