KSA, Russia to cooperate on peaceful use of nuclear energy

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Khalid Al Falih, minister of energy, industry and mineral resources, exchanges the signed program for cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, with Alexey Likhachev, director general of Rosatom during King Salman’s historic visit to Moscow. — SPA photo

ON THURSDAY, Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation and King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy signed a program for cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. The program for cooperation was signed and executed in Moscow during the historic visit of Saudi Arabia’s Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman to the Russian Federation.

On behalf of Saudi Arabia, the document was signed by Maher Abdullah Alodan, Chief Atomic Energy Officer of King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE) and authorized by Khalid Al Falih, minister of energy, industry and mineral resources. On behalf of Russia, the document was signed by Evgeny Pakermanov, president of Rusatom Overseas, and authorized by Alexey Likhachev, director general of Rosatom.

The program provides for cooperation between Russia and Saudi Arabia in several key areas such as small and medium reactors that could be used for both power generation and water desalination, in the area of human resources and nuclear infrastructure development for the Saudi national nuclear program.

Russia and Saudi Arabia will also consider the advantages of construction of a Nuclear Science and Technology Center based on the Russian-design research reactor in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The program was signed following the framework of the Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) for the Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy concluded by the two countries on June 18, 2015. — SG


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