Russia to support KSA’s shift to nuclear energy
This will boost Saudi Arabia's aim to build 17 GW of nuclear power by 2032
Saudi Arabia could receive a major boost from Russia in helping it to develop nuclear energy power plants that will replace its dependence on fossil fuels.
Sergey Kiriyenko, director of the Russian nuclear regulatory body Rosatom, made the revelation when he met with Hashem Abdullah Yamani, president of King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE), at its headquarters last week, reported Arab New.
“The two leaders discussed various ways and means to enhance joint cooperation in the field of atomic energy within the framework of the nuclear agreement signed between the two countries this year in June,” said a senior KACARE official.
Yamani and Kiriyenko had signed a document for nuclear cooperation on behalf of their governments on the sidelines of a meeting between Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Russian President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg on June 18.
The agreement creates a legal basis for cooperation in the development of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes including building reactors, research, handling spent fuel and radioactive waste, and the production of radioactive isotopes for industry, including medicine and agriculture.
In 2012, Saudi Arabia said it aimed to build 17 GW of nuclear power by 2032 and install nearly 41 GW of solar capacity. The oil exporter currently has no nuclear power plants, according to reports.
Rosatom is Russia’s national nuclear corporation bringing together 400 nuclear-based companies and research and development institutions that operate in the civilian and defense sectors, with 70 years’ expertise. Its services include uranium enrichment and nuclear waste treatment.
Earlier, KACARE joined hands with the International Institute of Nuclear Energy (12EN), a prestigious French government initiative to help partners of France develop responsible nuclear energy programs.
The Kingdom is seeking to replace 50 percent of its dependence on traditional fossil fuel with atomic and renewable energy by 2032.