'Yemen to build nuclear plant for power generation'

Yemen's electricity and energy minister said on Sunday that international firms would build a nuclear reactor in the country to help it make up for the shortfall in electricity supplies.

'Yemen to build nuclear plant for power generation'
Yemen's electricity and energy minister said on Sunday that international firms would build a nuclear reactor in the country to help it make up for the shortfall in electricity supplies.

"Specialized international firms will build the strategic nuclear reactor that Yemen seeks to own for producing electricity," the official Saba news agency quoted the minister Mustafa Bahran as saying.

Bahran, who made the remarks in a lecture he delivered in the south-eastern city of Mukalla, said his government's drive towards nuclear power generation was based on the economic feasibility of this technology.

He did not provide details of the proposed plant location or when it would be built.

Yemen, an impoverished country located on the south-western tip of the Arabian peninsula, has a shortage in power production and its cities suffer from daily power outages.

The entire power production capacity of the country's two main power plants is approximately 900 MW, which serves only about half of the population.

In last October, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh said his country was negotiating with US and Canadian firms to construct a nuclear power production plant in Yemen.


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Last Mod: 20 Ağustos 2007, 17:13
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