EGYPT PLANS TO BUILD NUKE PLANT NEAR ALEXANDRIA
CAIRO [MENL] -- Egypt plans to construct a nuclear power plant west of
the port city of Alexandria despite U.S. disapproval.
Officials said the Alexandria-area plant will be one of eight nuclear
reactors being planned until 2012.
Egyptian Electricity Minister Hassan Yunes said the Alexandria plant
is at the top of his ministry's agenda. Yunes said the construction schedule
has already been presented for approval and implementation.
During a meeting with Egyptian parliamentarians, Yunes denied reports
that Egypt has been pressured to delay launching its nuclear program.
Egyptian officials have acknowledged U.S. pressure to stop China and Russia
from helping Cairo design and construct the nuclear facilities.