Dabaa nuclear project awaits Parliament

Dabaa nuclear project awaits Parliament

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Sun, 13/01/2013 - 19:31

 

An Egyptian official said that Egypt’s nuclear project is ready to be implemented but is waiting until the next parliamentary elections.

A source at the Ministry of Electricity told Al-Masry Al-Youm that the Egyptian nuclear project would be launched soon as a national project. It said that the project would be a major breakthrough, especially in the production of the electricity needed for any upcoming development project.

The project, however, would have to wait for the new House of Representatives to convene, since it is the entity authorized to approve such projects.

Former Electricity Minister Mahmoud Balbaa said the ministry is “ready and waiting” for a political decision to launch the international tender for the construction of Egypt’s first nuclear power plant.

Residents of Dabaa, where the project is due to be constructed, have continually protested against the project.

“The problem lies in the lack of the people’s confidence in the government in general,” the source said. The land has been held from residents for years without being used for the public interest, as they originally were told.

In his opinion, granting the residents appropriate and fair compensation and explaining the benefits of the project to them would be enough to get their blessing.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm