Languages
Page last updated at 16:54 GMT, Monday, 8 March 2010

Israel 'to unveil plans to build nuclear power plant'

map

Israel is expected to unveil plans this week to build a nuclear power plant, reports say.

They say an announcement will be made by Israeli Infrastructure Minister Uzi Landau at an energy forum in Paris.

Israel is facing a crisis over electricity supplies, but environmental objections have blocked efforts to build a new coal-fired plant.

Israel has two nuclear reactors, including the Dimona facility which is said to have produced nuclear weapons.

The secret reactor is located in the south of the country. Israel neither confirms nor denies having nuclear weapons under its policy of "ambiguity".

The other facility is a research reactor near Tel Aviv, which is open to international inspections.

Israel is not a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) which is designed to curb the spread of nuclear technologies with bomb-making potential.

'Joint project'

Mr Landau is expected to tell the conference in Paris that Israel is considering building a nuclear power plant, reports say.

He has reportedly discussed the possibility of co-operating in the project with French Energy Minister Jean-Louis Borloo, together with neighbouring Jordan.

France is one of the world leaders in electricity production from nuclear power.

In the 1950s, Paris helped Israel to build the Dimona facility.



Print Sponsor


SEE ALSO
Nuclear power in the Middle East
25 Apr 08 |  Middle East
Israeli whistleblower Vanunu held
29 Dec 09 |  Middle East
Vanunu: Israel's nuclear telltale
20 Apr 04 |  Middle East

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

FROM OTHER NEWS SITES
CTV.ca Israel, Syria announce nuclear energy ambitions - 3 hrs ago
AFP via Yahoo! Israel, Syria eye nuclear power plants - 3 hrs ago
Haaretz Both Israel and Syria declare plans to develop nuclear energy - 6 hrs ago
France24 Israel wants nuclear plant with Arab neighbours - 6 hrs ago
TheStar.com.my Israel weighing construction of nuclear power plant - 26 hrs ago


FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

BBC navigation

BBC © 2013 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific