Saudi Arabia looks to nuclear to diversify its energy mix

Saudi Arabia looks to nuclear to diversify its energy mix

Saudi Arabia announced its intention to build its first nuclear reactor as part of wider reforms in the country.

The government hopes to expand nuclear installed capacity to 17.6 GW by 2032, making it one of the most ambitious nuclear initiatives in the world.

According to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Kingdom asked its representatives to provide initial proposals for two nuclear power plants.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, leader of the Gulf state, launched the initiative in conjunction with other strategic projects in water desalination, genetic medicine and the aircraft industry during a visit to scientific institution on Monday.

Commentators suggest the country wants to reduce the oil it burns at home in order to increase export overseas.

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