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Algeria will build nuclear power plant by 2025

In a bid to diversify its energy mix amid soaring electricity prices, Algeria intends to build its first nuclear plant in 2025, a government minister told reporters Sunday.

According to Algeria’s minister of energy and mines, Yousef Yousfi, the country’s uranium reserves are sufficient to power two 1,000 MW nuclear plants for 60 years, Xinhua news agency reports.

“The Nuclear Engineering Institute, recently, established, will be in charge of providing specific training for engineers and technicians ahead of tasking them with the mission of running the plant,” Yousfi said.

The news would appear to be a scaling back of ambitions, as Algeria announced in 2008 it intended to build its first nuclear plant in 2020.

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