As has been widely reported in the international press, many of the GCC nations have turned to nuclear power to satisfy their future electricity demands.
The Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) has issued the first license to study potential locations for nuclear power plants to Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC). Applications to build on suitable sites are expected by the end of 2010. According to UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, "International cooperation in the development of peaceful nuclear energy is a key element. It is a key to facilitate transfer of technology and an essential tool to ensure that such expansion in the use of nuclear energy is pursued in a responsible manner”.
The UAE has committed to building 4 nuclear power plants at a cost of US$40 billion.
Kuwait has signed a nuclear power agreement with France and hopes to have the first reactor operational by 2017.
Jordan has signed a 10 year deal with Russia to build 4 nuclear reactors and aims for 30% of its supply to be provided from this method.
For full details of published nuclear energy plans visit Middle East Electricity’s supporting organisation, The World Nuclear Association’s website at www.world-nuclear.org
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