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IAEA approves Egypt's first nuclear project

International tender for construction of plant expected in November

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Egypt is looking at nuclear power to boost its generation capacity.
Egypt is looking at nuclear power to boost its generation capacity.

 The UN’s nuclear watchdog has given the green light for Egypt’s first nuclear reactor, after President Hosni Mubarak pledged work closely with the agency, according to the Russian news service RIA Novosti.

The International Atomic Energy Agency has given its approval for the plant, to be constructed west of the capital Alexandria on the Mediterranean coast.

President Hosni Mubarak first announced plans to launch a number of nuclear power plants in Egypt in 2007.

He pledged to work closely with the UN nuclear watchdog agency, and said that Egypt was not seeking to develop nuclear weapons.
An international tender for the construction is expected in November 2010, with Russia signaling its readiness to take part, reports RIA Novosti.

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