Fanack Home / Nuclear Programs / Egypt’s Nuclear Program

Egypt’s Nuclear Program

Former President Hosni Mubarak

Former President Hosni MubarakThough Egypt has long had the financial resources and technical expertise to build a reactor, at some time during the 1980s it all but suspended its nuclear program.

Though former President Hosni Mubarak in 2007 announced that his country would build power-generating reactors, progress in that direction appears to have been slow or non-existent. As a result, apart from some research laboratories, at present Egypt’s only nuclear facility is a single small reactor. It was provided by the Soviet Union during the 1950s and can only generate 2-5 kilowatts, which makes it all but irrelevant to the production of nuclear weapons. Egypt probably also has some ballistic missiles, but how many there are, and whether they can carry nuclear weapons, is not known.


We would like to ask you something …

Fanack is an independent media organisation, not funded by any state or any interest group, that distributes in the Middle East and the wider world unbiased analysis and background information, based on facts, about the Middle East and North Africa.

The website grew rapidly in breadth and depth and today forms a rich and valuable source of information on 21 countries, from Morocco to Oman and from Iran to Yemen, both in Arabic and English. We currently reach six million readers annually and growing fast.

In order to guarantee the impartiality of information on the Chronicle, articles are published without by-lines. This also allows correspondents to write more freely about sensitive or controversial issues in their country. All articles are fact-checked before publication to ensure that content is accurate, current and unbiased.

To run such a website is very expensive. With a small donation, you can make a huge impact. And it only takes a minute. Thank you.