Egypt Seeks International Bids for Atomic Plants, Al-Ahram Says

Friday, February 15, 2008

Feb. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Egypt will invite international bids next week for the design and supervision of nuclear power plants, Al-Ahram reported, citing Electricity and Energy Minister Hassan Younes.

The winner will advise on design and safety procedures, the state-run newspaper said, citing Younes.

Egypt said in November it will build four atomic plants by 2022. The country, a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, abandoned a previous nuclear program after the 1986 Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine. The government has pledged to open its plants to inspection by the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency.

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