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Saudi Arabia is delaying by eight years its target of completing a clean-energy program that includes a $109 billion solar power project, saying it needs more time to assess what technologies it will use.The Chatham House paper by Glada Lahn and Paul Stevens estimated that Saudi Arabia consumes a quarter of its oil production, or 2.8 million barrels a day, for domestic energy needs, and that that the sum would rise as the economy expands.ACWA and other power plant developers expected Saudi Arabia to seek partners last year to build the first solar plants under the program, Padmanathan said.Saudi Arabia will consume about 129 gigawatts of power by 2032, Yamani said in his speech. Ka-Care, established by royal decree five years ago, said in 2012 it would seek to build 41 gigawatts of solar power within two decades and another 21 gigawatts of geothermal and wind power. At the time, Saudi Arabia also said it was working on options to develop its nuclear industry, envisioning 16 reactors by 2030 with a combined capacity of 14 gigawatts.
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