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.

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.

Rosatom launches construction work at Akkuyu NPP site in Turkey

Russian nuclear corporation, one of our series sponsor Rosatom has launched construction works at the site where of the first nuclear power plant Akkuyu will be built, Rosatom’s head Alexei Likhachev told reporters at the 61st regular session of the IAEA general conference.

“General construction works on the site are already underway, including hydraulic facilities,” he said.

Likhachev reminded that Rosatom hopes to get a license to build a nuclear power plant in Turkey before the end of this year.

“Provided that we are working directly with the regulator in Turkey, we hope to get the license this year, but the construction works are already underway, so we are optimistic about the future,” Likhachev said.

In 2010, Russia and Turkey signed an intergovernmental agreement to cooperate on construction and operation of Turkey’s first Akkuyu nuclear power plant. The project is estimated at $20 billion and implies the construction of four power units with VVER-1200 reactors with a total capacity of 4,800 MW. Rosatom expects to launch the first unit of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant start in 2023.

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Egypt minister of electricity to address UN Nuclear power agency general meeting in Vienna

Egypt’s Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy Mohamed Shaker headed on Sunday to Vienna as head of an Egyptian delegation attending the 61st International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) General Meeting, which will kick off on Monday, and our Nuclear New Build Summit Egypt 2018 also invited him to give a speech on 30 January 2018, and you can book tickets now or contact us for more detials.

Shaker will deliver an address that will discuss the country’s plan to build its first-ever nuclear power plant in Dabaa and the procedures taken to secure the project, according to Ahram Arabic website.

The delegation will include representatives from a number of ministries and agencies including the foreign ministry and the Nuclear Energy Agency.

Saudi Arabia says still examining options for nuclear power plants

Saudi Arabia said on Monday it was still undertaking feasibility studies before deciding how and where to build its first nuclear power stations. In upcoming Nuclear New Build Summit Egypt 2018, we will invovle Saudi Arabia and other 4 countries, so you can get more information with our summit in 30 – 31 January 2018 on Cairo, Egypt.

Industry sources said last week that Saudi Arabia was expected to launch a tendering process for its first nuclear reactors as early as next month and would contact potential vendors from a number of countries including South Korea, France and China.

The sources said the world’s top oil exporter wants to start construction next year on two nuclear power plants with a total electricity generating capacity of up to 2.8 gigawatts, as it follows Gulf neighbour the United Arab Emirates in seeking to produce atomic energy.

“We are carrying out feasibility studies, technically and economically to build those nuclear reactors … in addition to detailed technical studies for the selection of the best locations,” said Hashim bin Abdullah Yamani, president of the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE).

He told the annual general conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna that Saudi Arabia had teamed up with South Korean partners to locally build reactors which can function in remote areas without links to power grids.

“In addition we have a cooperation with the government of China in order to develop the high-temperature, gas-cooled reactors which also can be used in non-power applications in industries, petrochemicals and water desalination,” he said.

Yamani said that the Kingdom would have an independent body to supervise its nuclear industry by the third quarter of 2018, based on experience drawn from the Finnish atomic watchdog STUK.

The third pillar of the Saudi push into atomic energy will be based on the exploration and mining of uranium with a view to eventually reaching self-sufficiency in nuclear fuel production, he said.

The nuclear plants are part of long-standing plans to diversify the OPEC member’s energy supply and has received extra momentum as part of its Vision 2030, a sweeping reform programme launched last year by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Saudi Arabia is considering building 17.6 gigawatts of nuclear-powered electricity generating capacity by 2032, KACARE says on its website.

Dabaa nuclear project contracts to be finalized Monday: Minister of Electricity

Minister of Electricity, Mohammed Shaker, revealed in a Wednesday press conference that the ministry has drafted the contracts for al-Dabaa nuclear project in preparation for laying its foundation during the upcoming visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Egypt, and the upcoming Nuclear New Build Summit Egypt 2018 invited him, if you want to know more, do not miss this summit.

The project, which embodies friendship and cooperation between Egypt and Russia according to previous statements by president Sisi in August, will generate 4800 Mw till 2024.

Shaker added that the cabinet approved to amend law no 13 of 1976 on the establishment of Nuclear Power Plant Authority (NPPA) during the Wednesday meeting. The draft law raised tax and custom exemptions on using nuclear power for development purposes.

The government also signed an agreement with The State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC), during President’s Sisi visit to China in September, to set up 500kw electric lines which help in improving Egypt’s electricity transmission in anticipation of increased demand, Shaker announced.

The government set an energy strategy until 2035 to develop electricity transmission networks in Egypt, Shaker explained. 25 percent of electric power will be generated from renewable resources in 2022, increasing to 37 percent in 2035.

The Ministry of Electricity obtained LE one billion from the ministry of planning to rehabilitate electric transmission lines inside dangerous buildings and areas, in addition to installing 250,000 smart meters, Shaker claimed.

Why Nuclear Power Is the Way to Clean Energy for Egypt

The imminent El Dabaa nuclear power plant project is set to transform Egypt’s energy mix. UN energy expert  Dr. Yousry A. Shady reflects why the project is good news for Egypt’s economy and the environment. You can also get more useful information in upcoming Nuclear New Build Summit Egypt 2018.

Egypt has recently implemented a new approach in making use of clean energy resources, including nuclear and renewables (wind, solar, biomass etc.). By 2022, Egypt aims to have a new power mix, where renewables represent 20% of the total electricity production nationwide.

Following the establishment and operation of 4 reactors at El Dabaa Nuclear Power Plant, it is projected that the nuclear power will represent 10% of the country’s electricity production by 2026. In 2050, and after the economic improvements of nuclear power resources in Egypt, it is expected that nuclear power contribution in electricity production nationwide will jump to 50%.

Routinely, nuclear power plants are producing emission-free and clean energy. Rosatom is working extensively in developing safety of NPP, to ensure the highest standard of environmental protection.

 Throughout our modern history, Russia (formerly Soviet Union) has helped Egypt in many fields, including but not limited to industrialization, and of course the building of High Dam in Aswan. The vital role of Russia in supporting Egypt in many crises and political dilemmas was very important in building a positive image of Russia among Egyptians. Contracting with Rosatom by direct order was a result of Russian excellence in nuclear technologies, in addition to Russia’s historically standing by Egypt in many ways.

The political factor wasn’t the only reason behind the choice of Rosatom to build the El Dabaa Power Plant, but also the technical excellence of the company, which has built and operated tens of VVER reactors all over the world. The newest type of these reactors are VVER-1000 and VVER-1200. There are about 50 operational reactors of the former type, with tens of VVER reactors still under construction.

Egypt has selected VVER-1200 reactors that belong to the 3+ generation, and are regarded to be the safest reactors in the world now. Rosatom has developed more than 8 different layers of safety, to ensure the highest standard of security in case of any malfunction.

All components of VVER-1200 reactors are Russian made, and thus they require no additional permits (contrarily to components manufactured by other nuclear countries). One of the key reasons why Egypt has selected Rosatom to build the plant is that Russia guarantees the provision of nuclear fuel throughout the operational lifetime of the four reactors at El Dabaa (the operational lifetime ranges from 60 to 80 years). Other benefits are the operation, cooperation and training contracts, in addition to the local contribution in building El Dabaa power plant.

Egypt prepares to break ground on first nuclear power plant

Egypt’s president, Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, used his visit to the BRICS summit in China to invite Russian president Vladimir Putin to visit Egypt to attend a ground breaking ceremony for north Africa’s first nuclear power station.

According to the Kremlin’s press service, Sisi told Putin: “I would like to inform you that we have completed the formalities for approving the contract to build the nuclear power plant at al-Dabaa. We hope that you will be present together with me at the contract’s official signing. This would be a good opportunity to welcome you once more on Egyptian soil.”

Putin accepted the invitation yesterday. The ceremony will mark the end of two years of talks on the project.

The al-Dabaa plant will be built by Russia’s state nuclear contractor Rosatom, and will be located about 130km northwest of Cairo. The project, which will have four 1.2GW reactors, is expected to cost $30bn. Russia has agreed to finance $25bn with a state loan repayable over 13 years at an interest rate of 3% beginning in 2029, the year the plant is expected to be complete. The Egyptians will find the remaining $5bn.

The reactors will use Rosatom’s third generation VVER-1200 design. This model was first installed in the Novovoronezh plant last year.

Egypt and Rosatom have signed two contracts covering the construction of the plant and the supply of nuclear fuel; two more, covering technical training and the reprocessing of spent fuel, will be signed before the ground breaking.

Egypt finalises deal with Russia for first nuclear plant

Cairo – Russian media say Egypt has finalised a deal to build a nuclear power plant with funding from Moscow after nearly two years of negotiations.

The reports Monday came after Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in China, where they were attending a summit.

The nuclear plant will be built in Dabaa, about 13km northwest of Cairo on the Mediterranean coast.

Egypt’s presidency says el-Sissi has invited Putin to Egypt to mark the start of construction.

In 2015, Egypt signed an agreement with Russia to build a four-reactor power plant. It will receive a $25 billion Russian loan to cover 85 percent of the plant, with a capacity of 4 800 MW.