Unrest delays Egypt nuclear-plant tender

Construction of Egypt's first nuclear plant in Al-Dabaa delayed

Egypt's nuclear power plant programme has been delayed.
Egypt's nuclear power plant programme has been delayed.

The unrest in Egypt has delayed the tender for the country's first nuclear power plant, a state-owned newspaper has reported.

"It has been decided to postpone the international tender for the construction ... of the first nuclear power plant in Al-Dabaa until the stabilisation of the situation in the country," read a report in Al-Ahram.

The tender process, due in January, has been delayed to "guarantee the greatest number of companies" from different countries take part to ensure "real competition”.

Egypt's nuclear programme was frozen in 1986 following the Chernobyl disaster in the Ukraine. In 2007, ex-president Hosni Mubarak relaunched the programme with the announcement that four civil nuclear power stations would be built under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

On 25 August 2010, Mubarak announced that Egypt would build its first power plant on the Mediterranean coast at Al-Dabaa. Mubarak was forced out of office on 11 February 2011 after a wave of popular protests.

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