Egypt is firming up a deal with Russia for nuclear power plants, while Saudi Arabia is stepping up its own nuclear pursuit. Meanwhile, construction continues apace in the UAE and Iran is building a second plant.

Egypt is aiming to sign an intergovernmental agreement with Rosatom shortly for four nuclear power plants, having signed a preliminary agreement with the Russian state nuclear firm for a first unit in the run-up to a major economic investment conference at Sharm al-Shaikh in mid-March. (CONTINUED - 724 WORDS)