Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Yemen Inks Nuclear Power Plants Deal

by Fagr Qassim Ali from The Associated Press

"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'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. Bahran said the project will also attract foreign investment and bring Yemen closer to meeting the requirements needed for a full membership in the Gulf Cooperation Council. The association of energy-rich Arab states in the Persian Gulf includes Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar and Oman. The GCC as well as Jordan, Egypt and Turkey in recent months have announced that they were interested in developing peaceful nuclear programs.

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