Cairo, Egypt — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 20 January 2012 – Egyptian prime minister Kamal el-Ganzouri has reaffirmed his government’s resolution to continue with construction of the nuclear station in el-Dabaa, describing the project as a dream of every Egyptian that should not be buried.
His statement follows the incident in which more than 500 protestors surrounded the plant, which is still under construction, to demand its relocation. The protestors, who exchanged gunfire with soldiers, claim that the plant development project has usurped their land. Dozens of people were wounded and employees have refused to return to the plant until security is re-established.
Following an expanded cabinet meeting this week, minister of international cooperation Fayza Abul-Naga quoted that the prime minister as saying that the unlawful attack on the station’s site could not in any way produce a legally acceptable position, even if the attackers did erect buildings on the land.
She pointed out that there was full coordination between all the bodies concerned to rectify the situation, and the government had alerted security officials to the theft and a search was underway.
The 1,000 megawatt (MW) El Dabaa nuclear power station “’ located on the Mediterranean coast “’is expected to cost US$1.5 billion, and it is the first such plant in the country.