In Poland work is under way at locating the best site for what will be the country’s first nuclear power plant.
The reactor would reach 50 per cent of its power generating capacity within a few weeks, and maximum power in six or seven months, said Ali Akbar Salehi, Iran’s nuclear chief.
Oil and gas brought many of them vast riches, but it is to nuclear power that Middle Eastern states are turning their attention in the 21st Century. A growing number of countries across the region want to develop civilian nuclear programmes to meet rising power demand and cut carbon emissions. Chris Webb looks at their progress so far.
Global electricity consumption will fall this year for the first time since 1945, according to the International Energy Agency.
WorsleyParsons, Australia’s biggest engineering company, has outlined a proposal to build a solar power plant at an as yet unnamed site in Australia, which upon completion will be the world’s biggest solar project.