Oil-rich Saudi Arabia plans dramatic shift to nuclear power

Saudi Arabia is planning to become “self-sufficient” in producing nuclear fuel and intends to begin extracting uranium domestically, the head of the country’s nuclear agency said at a conference organized by the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency. Nuclear New Build Summit Egypt 2018 will involve Saudi Arabia’s NPP new build programs, Register or contact us for details.

“Regarding the production of uranium in the kingdom, this is a program which is our first step towards self-sufficiency in producing nuclear fuel,” Hashim bin Abdullah Yamani, head of the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy, said Monday at the Abu Dhabi conference on nuclear power, Reuters reported.

Officials in the famously oil-rich kingdom say nuclear power could fuel an economic boon. “We utilize the uranium ore that has been proven to be economically efficient,” Yamani said.

KACARE believes there are about 60,000 tons of uranium ore that can be extracted on Saudi soil.

Yamani added that the kingdom would establish a regulatory agency and pass the necessary legislative framework for a nuclear program within roughly a year.

According to Reuters, Saudi Arabia is now looking to major nuclear powers, including the US, Russia, and China, to build its first two reactors. Preliminary plans suggest the Saudis may be looking to build as many as 17 reactors in all.

The comments raised eyebrows at the conference, as they suggested a Saudi push to increase its domestic nuclear development despite a long-running standoff with Iran over the latter’s nuclear ambitions.

There were no indications in Yamani’s comments that Riyadh had plans to begin enriching the uranium on Saudi soil, a key step that could give the kingdom the infrastructure for a military nuclear program.

The nuclear energy program, Yamani insisted, would be solely “for peaceful purposes.”

Saudi Arabia follows the neighboring United Arab Emirates, which is slated to open its own nuclear power reactor in 2018, and which has committed not to enrich uranium domestically.

Iran Begins Construction of Two New Nuclear Power Plants

In an agreement between the senior officials of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) and Rosatom, phases two and three of Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant will begin supplying electricity to Iran’s power grid in 10 years. Nuclear New Build Summit Egypt 2018 will involve Iran and some other countries’ NPP new build programs, contact us for details or register now.

According to the general director of the Rosatom, Iran and Russia will jointly build the two plants on the northern coast of the Persian Gulf.

“Twenty percent of the entire phase two and eighty percent of its building construction will be done by the Iranian side. We have signed an agreement to build eight power plant blocks and these blocks could be built in other parts of Iran,” said Rosatom Director General Alexey Likhachev at a Tuesday press conference with the AEOI chief Ali Akbar Salehi in Bushehr.

Salehi also expressed hope that the second phase of the project will finish in seven years and the third two years later.

The AEOI chief also elaborated on the benefits of the project for Iran, saying, “The first phase of Bushehr nuclear power plant is now operational and as a result, some 11 million barrels of crude oil is saved annually. The production of electricity by a 1,000-megawatt plant will also help diminish up to seven million tons of gas emissions every year.”

Salehi underlined Iran and Russia’s resolve to maintain and strengthen their nuclear cooperation, adding, “The Bushehr nuclear power plant is a symbol of strategic cooperation between Iran and Russia.”

He pointed to Iran’s plan to produce 20,000 megawatts of nuclear-generated electricity and said, “Since the cost of constructing a 1000-megawatt nuclear power plant is $5,000 billion, we need to invest $100,000 billion to build nuclear power plants with a capacity to generate 20,000 megawatts of electricity.”

The ceremony to inaugurate the project came a few days after International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Secretary General Yukiya Amano visited Iran, and once again confirmed Tehran’s compliance with the agency’s charter and the 2015 nuclear deal with six world powers.

Iran says that the project will be conducted within the framework of the Safeguards Agreement with the IAEA and the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Salehi said the implementation of Iran’s nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), has played a positive role in making the project come to life.

Each of the two new phases will produce 1,057 megawatts of electricity. Combined with phase one, Iran will produce some 3,300 megawatts of nuclear-generated electricity in a decade.

Egypt to sign contracts for Dabaa nuclear power plant by end of 2017: Minister

Egypt Electricity Minister, one of our invited speaker Mohamed Shaker said Tuesday that the Dabaa nuclear power plant contract signing would take place before the end of this year after reviewing all technical aspects pertaining to the plant. Register or contact us for Nuclear New Build Summit Egypt 2018.

During a press conference at the cabinet building, Shaker said that a ceremony would be organized to celebrate the event.

Sources at the Electricity Ministry told Al-Masry Al-Youm in September that the Egyptian and Russian governments would sign four contracts, first, a principal contract for supplying and installing nuclear reactors; second, a contract for supplying nuclear fuel for the operation of nuclear plants; third, a contract for nuclear waste disposal; and fourth, a contract for organizing the operation of nuclear reactors and maintaining them.

The Dabaa nuclear power plant will include four Generation III nuclear reactors that comply with international security and safety standards, the governmental sources said.

Moscow and Cairo signed an agreement in November 2015 for Russia to build a nuclear power plant in Egypt, with Russia extending a loan to Egypt to cover the cost of construction.

Russia’s state-owned nuclear firm Rosatom said the plant, Egypt’s first, would be built at Dabaa in the north of the country and is expected to be completed by 2022.

Russia will loan Egypt $25 billion to finance the building and operation of the nuclear power plant. Egypt will pay an interest rate of three percent annually. Installment payments will begin on October 15, 2029.

Egypt and Russia reaching final agreements on Dabaa nuclear power plant construction

Egypt considers the talks with Russia on construction of Dabaa, the country’s first Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), to be quite efficient, Electricity and Renewable Energy Minister Mohamed Shaker said Monday. We also invited him as a speaker in the upcoming Nuclear New Build Summit Egypt 2018, you can register now or contact us for more.

“We have made some headway in preparing all strategic agreements (on NPP construction in Egypt – TASS) with the Russian Federation, our strategic partner. We have also finalized all technical, financial and legal issues,” he said.

“Hopefully, we will sign a comprehensive agreement on implementation of Egypt’s nuclear program in the near future,” the minister added.

According to Shaker, Egypt has “few traditional sources for electric power generation [hydrocarbons – TASS],” which is why nuclear power development is strategically important for the country.

Russia and Egypt signed an inter-governmental agreement to construct the first nuclear power plant in El Dabaa in November 2015. The facility consisting of four power units with 1,200 MW capacity each, will be built near the city of El Alamein on Egypt’s northern coast, 3.5 kilometers away from the Mediterranean Sea. The launch of the first unit is expected in 2024. The total cost of the project is estimated at $30 bln.

Rosatom seeks to educate Egyptians about establishing El Dabaa nuclear plant

Russian Rosatom seeks to educate Egyptians about the importance of nuclear energy and answer the questions they have about the importance and benefits of nuclear plants.

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Alexey Likhachov, the director general of Rosatom, said that the company is hoping to communicate with opinion leaders and thinkers to arrange a conference over the upcoming period to eliminate nuclear energy illiteracy and provide them with information about the establishment of a nuclear power plant and nuclear safety, especially that the establishment of El Dabaa plant is not new for the companies who have established several other nuclear plants.

Likhachov stressed that the nuclear plant will not pose any danger to the lives of Egyptians and that those who are not specialised must be educated in order to eliminate the wrong perceptions about nuclear plants.

He said that Rosatom is not only a centre for scientific research in the nuclear sector, but it is also one that carries a message to sustain peace in the world, which places a global responsibility on its back, especially in terms of contributing to finding solutions for global issues using nuclear energy. This includes the lack of power supply in some developing countries, in addition to water desalination in some areas that suffer from a shortage of clean water, Likhachov added. He further asserted that 800 million people globally suffer from the lack of fresh water.

Likhachov explained that nuclear wastes are dangerous; however, he said that his company has an innovative system to reuse the fuel depleted in some types of power plants using fast neutrons which do the recycling of the fuel.

He went on to explain that his company pays attention to the different scenarios for safely dealing with nuclear waste. He pointed out that the Rosatom has been able to install energy unit number 6 in Novovoronezh nuclear plant to the national electricity grid in August 2016. The new energy unit is the most advanced technologically and generates 240 MW for the national grid.

It is considered the first energy unit of the third generation of the VVR with a 1,200 MW capacity. This is the kind of reactors that will be launched in Egypt and will guarantee extra safety that endures even the toughest circumstances. Likhachov noted that the lifespan of a nuclear reactor has become 60 years.

He added that Rosatom is not one of the Russian institutions that is being sanctioned by the European Union. “We have already undertaken many main tasks over the past years, with the most prominent one being increasing Rosatom’s share in international markets and reducing the costs of products as well as the period required to implement them and developing new products in the local and international market,” Likhachov said.
Rosatom continues to receive requests to implement projects in a number of countries. For example, Egypt and Russia have both signed an agreement in 2015 to establish the first electricity generation plant from nuclear energy in El Dabaa. It is planned to take place after signing the final contracts.

Rosatom has signed a contract to establish and construct a nuclear energy plant in El Dabaa. “We are currently implementing nuclear energy plant projects in Turkey, Belarus, Hungary, and Finland,” he added.

He pointed out that the company is developing its communication with several other continents, noting that Russia is open to everyone from across the world, adding that it is unimaginable to remain isolated from the surrounding world and its issues.

Construction of Turkey’s first nuclear power plant to start in late 2017

Construction of the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant in Turkey will start at the end of 2017, Nuclear New Build Summit Egypt 2018 will be hold in 30 – 31 January 2018 and we will also involve Turkey’s nuclear power plant new build programs. TRT Haber reported citing Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Berat Albayrak.

Presidents of Turkey and Russia are expected to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for the nuclear power plant, according to the minister.

He noted that the Akkuyu plant’s construction is scheduled for completion in 2023.

The Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant is the first nuclear power plant project in the world being implemented upon the build-own-operate (BOO) model.

Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation of Russia signed an agreement on the main conditions for the Turkish energy companies Cengiz Holding, Kolin Insaat, and Kalyon Insaat to join the shareholders of the Akkuyu Nuclear JSC, which is implementing the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant project.

The agreement was signed at the 9th international forum ATOMEXPO 2017 in Moscow in June.

Turkish consortium claims 49 percent in Akkuyu Nuclear JSC. The value of the possible transaction has not been disclosed, but it will be the biggest investment of foreign companies into a Russian project implemented outside the country and the world’s biggest private investment in nuclear energy sector over the past 17 years.

Saudi Arabia to award nuclear reactor contract by end 2018

Saudi Arabia plans to award a construction contract for its first nuclear reactors by the end of 2018, a senior government official said on Tuesday.

“With sponsorship from the highest levels in the state, the contract will be signed by the end of 2018,” Maher al Odan, the chief atomic energy officer of King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy, told a news conference in the capital Riyadh.

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Local firms aspire to partake in Turkey’s nuclear projects

Expediting the efforts in capitalizing on nuclear energy with one power plant already under construction and two others being planned, Turkey is preparing to expand its know-how in the nuclear sector while offering extensive support packages for domestic firms that strive to take part in nuclear projects. Nuclear New Build Summit Egypt 2018 will involve Turkey’s NPP new build program and we invited Zafer Alper who is the president of Turkish Atomic Energy Authority to be a speaker, you can get tickets now or contact us for more!

The Energy and Natural Resources Ministry has approved a TL 36 million ($9.72 million) education and training project as part of its nuclear support program. Under the project, nuclear technology education and training will be provided to Turkish companies. The government hopes this will open the gates for local companies to become part of its current and future nuclear projects worth almost $60 billion.

To that end, it has signed a training agreement with Russia’s state-controlled nuclear corporation, Rosatom, which is currently building Turkey’s first nuclear power plant in Akkuyu. It has also established a nuclear training center at the Sincan Organized Industrial Zone (OIZ).

Local manufacturers, working together with Rosatom to produce different parts for the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), will receive training at the center. The program will cover key areas like personnel training, quality, control certificates and radiation protection.

Ankara has prioritized nuclear power investments for state subsidies and foresees investments worth $60 billion in its three future nuclear power plants in Mersin, Sinop, and Tekirdağ. It will also speed up the expropriation process for the Akkuyu NPP’s transmission infrastructure.

Local firms are set to have an active role in both material production and supervision of Turkey’s nuclear power plants. Companies participating in training programs in France, Russia, and Japan will also receive an authorization certificate from the Turkish Atomic Energy Authority in order to become a nuclear construction supervision institution.

60 domestic firms eye nuclear projects

As part of the training project, so far 60 local companies have expressed their interest work on nuclear power plants. The authorities are hoping that the project will also give the Turkey’s organized industrial zones, particularly the Middle East Industry and Trade Center (OSTİM) in Ankara, the capability to manufacture all the necessary components of a nuclear power plant.

In that context, Turkey has signed a nuclear cooperation agreement with Russia, Czech Republic, and France. The program would also eliminate any shortcomings in the quality management system, under the ISO 9000 standards.

Energy Ministry leads the way

The Energy and Natural Resources Ministry, in cooperation with the Istanbul, Kocaeli, Ankara and Adana Chambers of Industries, is spearheading the project to train personnel and boost the local supply of materials.

It is setting up a nuclear simulation center at the training complex in Sincan. It has also recommended that nuclear energy education is included in Turkey’s high school curriculum.

Ankara Chamber of Industry (ASO) Chairman Nurettin Özdebir said that Energy and Natural Resources Minister Berat Albayrak has been handling the nuclear issue very professionally and added that his ministry has assumed an important role in driving these projects.

ENRRA Call for Pre-qualification of international Consultants for nuclear regulatory of nuclear power plants

The Arab Republic of Egypt

Egyptian nuclear and Radiological regulatory Authority (ENRRA)

Call for Pre-qualification of international Consultants for nuclear regulatory of nuclear power plants

Referring to the on-going activities of Egypt for the construction of nuclear power plants for electricity generation and the inter-governmental agreement which had been signed between Russia and Egypt for the cooperation in construction and operation of the nuclear power plant which consists of four units of VVER (Pressurized water Reactor) reactors type, each with a generating capacity up to 1200MWe and the MOU which had been signed between ENRRA and RTN (Russian Regulator).

ENRRA is announcing this call for Pre-qualification to have a list of internationally qualified and experienced consultants in the field of nuclear regulatory services of NPP in order to offer technical support to ENRRA and its Technical support organization (TSO) in all regulatory activities related to NPP with the aim to establish an effective, efficient, and technically competent nuclear regulatory body.


Construction Commences at Turkey’s First Nuclear Power Plant

Turkey is inching closer to being a part of the nuclear energy club. Reports have it that general construction has commended in the country’s Akkuyu nuclear power plant and the reactor construction will begin mostly by 2018. This confirms that Turkey indeed is on the track to become the new country to include nuclear power in its energy mix after Belarus and UAE recently entered the club. Also, Nuclear New Build Summit Egypt 2018 will involve Turkey’s NPP new build program, it’s a great chance to know more details, register now or contact us.

The most recent countries to construct their first nuclear energy projects are Iran, which established its first nuclear plant in 2011, and Romania in 1996. However recently, an increasing number of companies are increasingly committing to nuclear programs. As far as Turkey is concerned, the country has been planning nuclear energy for several decades but no previous attempts bore fruits. But now, the country has its nuclear energy ambitions mature and the project is testimony to it. The World Nuclear Association suggests that this move will held drive the country’s economic growth and reduce the country’s reliance on gas, most of which is imported.

Recent reports from the World Nuclear Association and the International Atomic Energy Agency suggest that the nuclear energy sector has generally positive outlook for the next few years. The sector is expanding at a positive pace despite the several challenges it faces in certain deregulated regional markets where the energy security and climate-related advantages of nuclear power are being valued properly.

Reports state that over 9 GWe of nuclear energy capacity has been added in 2016, the largest annual capacity addition in the past 25 years and there has been a rise in the world’s nuclear power generation capacity for the fourth successive year. While the level of new projects remains high, it is suggested that the pace of new construction beginnings needs to accelerate to be able to effectively balance environment protection goals with the pace of human development.