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23 March 2017 14:00 (South Africa)
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The Middle East goes nuclear

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    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

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The UAE has awarded the construction contract to have its first nuclear power plant operational by 2017, and three more online by 2020. And they aren't pebble bed reactors.

The first non-military nuclear reactor will start construction in 2012, after the United Arab emirates announced the award of a $20 billion contract to the Korea Electric Power Corporation and its partners on the weekend.

That contract covers everything up to startup for each of the 1,400 megawatt reactors, but a contract to run them once completed is still outstanding.

There aren't any surprises in the technology or providers selected – the UAE was hardly going to take chances on new and unproven technologies such as SA's homegrown white elephant, the pebble bed modular reactor. The likes of Hyundai will handle the heavy engineering side, while Westinghouse will make the nuclear components.

Read more: AFP, Reuters

  • Branko Brkic
    branko3048 a ray
    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

    Recent columns:

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