Saudi nuclear capacity to more than double in 20 yrs

DUBAI: Top oil exporter Saudi Arabia, which is eyeing nuclear options for power generation and desalination, expects it nuclear capacity to more than double in 20 years, a senior offical said on Monday.
"Saudi nuclear power capacity is currently at 52 gigawatts, that is expected to rise to 120 gigawatts in almost 20 years," Abdullah al Shehri, governor of Saudi's Electricity and Co-generation Regulatory Authority, said at an industry conference.
Saudi Arabia wants to cut domestic oil consumption over the next several decades as it diversifies its energy mix.
In February, Saudi Arabia signed a nuclear cooperation agreement with France that would provide atomic know-how to the kingdom.





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