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Developments in the nuclear sector

Jan 2010: Possibilitiy of NPP construction

"Albania's government approved on Wednesday the creation of the country´s National Atomic
Agency, an institution that will supervise of development of nuclear projects.

Earlier Prime Minister Sali Berisha had announced that the government was looking at the
possibility of constructing a nuclear power plant.

"We should not forfeit Albanians of the chance to benefit from this clean source of energy,"
Berisha said in December 2008, during the Vienna Economic Forum held in Tirana.

The Prime Minister said the government´s goal is to make his country a regional energy
superpower.

However most commentators believe that Berisha´s statements are little more than hot air and
will do little to help present electricity shortages.

Albania´s power generation system has not seen major investment since the early 1980s, when
the cash-strapped former communist regime stopped investing in new hydropower dams.

After the fall of communism, the demand for energy grew rapidly. The power grid is estimated
to need $1.6 billion (EUR1 billion) in investments to eliminate power failures.

Berisha´s statements over constructing a nuclear power plant, have drawn interest from Italy,
where construction of nuclear power plants was prohibited by a 1987 national referendum.

Italian energy giant Enel has expressed interest in locating a nuclear power generating project
in the Balkans, possibly in Albania or Montenegro."

(source: http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/main/news/25143/,
distributed on no-nuclear news)