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As policymakers grapple with the twin challenges of climate change and a post-COVID economic recovery, the benefits of nuclear power are clearer than ever, but the industry still has some way to go in addressing perceptions of its alleged drawbacks with cost, safety and radioactive waste. This was the overriding message of the three panellists in a webinar held last week by Utilities Middle East in partnership with Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom.

Date: Friday, 01 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/The-barrier-to-nuclear-is-perception,-says-panel

Saudi Arabia has sent a request for information (RFI) to international suppliers to build two nuclear power plants, the first step towards a formal tender, Reuters reported on 31 October citing “three sources”.

Date: Saturday, 04 November 2017
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newssaudi-arabia-prepares-for-nuclear-construction-5964434

Saudi Arabia and Kazakhstan on 25 October signed an agreement to cooperate in the peaceful use of nuclear energy. Following a meeting with Saudi Arabia's minister of energy, industry and mineral resource, Khalid Al-Falih, on 24 October, Kazakh energy minister Kanat Bozumbayev said, "Kazakhstan is a leader in the production of natural uranium. We have a joint venture with Russia for uranium enrichment. We produce [fuel] pellets; we are at the stage of creating fuel assemblies. We have the necessary experience, which we can share with our Saudi colleagues."

Date: Wednesday, 09 November 2016
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newskazakhstan-signs-agreements-with-saudi-arabia-and-russia-5663610

Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom is “ready” to take part in Saudi Arabia’s project to build 16 nuclear reactor units by 2030, Russian presidential adviser Yuri Ushakov said on 30 August. Russia and Saudi Arabia signed an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in civilian nuclear energy in 2015. Saudi Arabia has plans to build 17GWe of nuclear capacity by 2040 and has also been in discussions or signed nuclear cooperation agreements with the US, the UK, France, China, Argentina and the Czech Republic. Ushakov was speaking ahead of a summit meeting in China during which Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to meet Saudi Arabian deputy crown prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Date: Friday, 02 September 2016
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussia-and-china-look-to-saudi-nuclear-market-4996034