Egypt's president is unveiling plans to build several nuclear power plants.
Egypt is joining several Arab countries in the Middle East that have recently outlined their atomic energy ambitions.
In a speech on national TV, Hosni Mubarak said the decision is aimed at diversifying Egypt's energy resources, and preserving oil and gas reserves for future generations.
Last year, his son called for Egypt to revive plans for a nuclear program. Those plans had been publicly shelved in the aftermath of the 1986 accident at the Chernobyl nuclear plant in the Soviet Union.