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Rosatom in talks to build nuclear plant in Kuwait

Russian nuclear developer, Rosatom is said to be in negotiations with Kuwait for the construction of a nuclear plant in the Gulf country, a senior official has revealed

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Russian nuclear developer, Rosatom is said to be in negotiations with Kuwait for the construction of a nuclear plant in the Gulf country, a senior official has revealed.

Russian energy minister Alexander Novak told a Russian TV channel in an interview that besides nuclear development, Russia was also looking at other areas of cooperation with Kuwait.

"We have a large number of promising directions with Kuwaiti partners. Among other things, Kuwait's colleagues are planning to build a nuclear power plant. The talks are in progress. Rosatom has filed an application," the minister told Rossiya 24.

"We are also interested in supplying liquefied natural gas to Kuwait, and our colleagues plan to expand the use of LNG for electricity production.”

The move to develop a nuclear plant would place Kuwait in the footsteps of UAE which is in the final stages of developing the first nuclear plant in the GCC.

Saudi Arabia has also announced plans to award tenders for two nuclear reactors with a joint capacity of 3.5GW this year.

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (K.A.CARE) and Russia’s state nuclear corporation Rosatom have recently signed the roadmap for the implementation of the Program for the Cooperation on Peaceful Use of Atomic Energy, reported Russian News Agency, TASS.

According to Rosatom, the roadmap comprised a set of steps to be implemented by the parties in order to promote the cooperation in the areas designated in the Program, which was signed into effect in Moscow on October 5, 2017, during the visit of the King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz bin Abdul Rahman bin Saud to Russia.

The parties also planned to cooperate in training personnel for the Saudi nuclear industry and developing the Kingdom’s nuclear infrastructure. Russia and Saudi Arabia will also look into the prospects of establishing a centre for nuclear science and technology in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia based on a Russian-design research reactor, according to TASS.

In October 5, Rosatom and the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia signed the Programme for Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy.

Head of Rosatom Alexei Likhachev told TASS that the nuclear corporation had sent its proposals to the Saudi party for the construction of a nuclear power plant in Saudi Arabia. He also said that the country had launched the so-called "parade of vendors" for the construction of its first nuclear power plant.

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