In September 2009, Italy will sign a nuclear protocol with the US, which will give American companies the chance to compete to build nuclear power stations in Italy. The protocol will cover research and development and give American companies the chance to compete to build one or more of the 8-10 power stations which the government plans in the next 20 years. Italy decided on a return to nuclear power in July 2009 after quitting two decades ago. The government is currently drawing up rules for reviving the sector. Italy is the only G8 industrialised nation without nuclear power and relies on oil and gas imports for about 80% of its energy needs.