UAE Grants License To Build Two Reactors
Reuters reports that the United Arab Emirates will be the first gulf state to start construction of a commercial nuclear power plant in the region.
The UAE has committed itself to this energy path to avoid using increasingly scarce natural gas supplies for electricity generation, water desalinization, and industrial development. The UAE has deposits of bauxite which it wants to convert into a finished aluminum goods industry for exports. Smelters and fabrication centers will be significant users of power.