Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Analysis: Yemen, Jordan hope for nuclear power

by Derek Sands from UPI

The government of Yemen is planning to build five nuclear power plants over 10 years, according to news reports from Sanaa. Work would start in 2009, and they would supply a total of 5,000 megawatts to the country, at an estimated cost of $15 billion ... For its part, Jordan has long expressed an interest in nuclear power as well. At the end of August, Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Khalid Touqan told King Abdullah that nuclear power would provide Jordan with 30% of its power by 2030, according to the state-run news agency Petra. And the U.S. Embassy in Amman on Sept. 16 announced that it would help Jordan reach that goal ... Regional heavyweights Egypt, Saudi Arabia, as well as the other Gulf Cooperation Council countries -- Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates -- have expressed interest in nuclear power.

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