The Middle East is turning to nuclear power as the only way to provide enough energy to handle the growth that all Arab states will go through over the next 40 years.
Almost incredibly, the huge oil and gas reserves in the GCC states (and Iraq once it comes back on stream fully) will start not being able to cope within the next 20 to 25 years with both supplying domestic power while at the same time fulfilling the long contracts the GCC states have exporting to their international customers, which bring in vital state revenues
This looming and unavoidable shortfall is because the population of the Arab world is about to increase substantially. For example, the Arab Peninsula (GCC and Yemen) is expected to double from its present 59 million people in 2007 to 124 million by 2050, according to the UN Population Reference Bureau's 2007 estimates, and these added numbers will have subs
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