CAIRO (AFP) –(27/1/2008): Egypt said on Saturday it would launch a tender for offers in February to build its first nuclear reactor, the official MENA news agency reported.
"The nuclear energy agency will in February launch an international tender for offers to build Egypt’s first nuclear reactor worth 1.5 to 1.8 billion dollars," MENA said.
"The type of reactor and its constructor will be chosen according to international safety standards and reputation as well as costs," MENA said. "The offer is open to all countries.
"On January 10, Egypt said the first nuclear reactor will be built at Dabaa on the Mediterranean coast, west of the port of Alexandria.
Last October, President Hosni Mubarak announced the beginning of a national plan for setting up nuclear plants for peaceful uses.
France has offered to share its nuclear expertise with Egypt, which initiated a nuclear energy programme in the 1970s but abandoned it in 1986 after the Chernobyl disaster in the Ukraine.