Saudi National Project for Atomic Energy is a Driver for Economic Diversification

In late July, the Saudi cabinet of ministers approved the creation of the Kingdom’s National Project for Atomic Energy. The program will serve as a strong pillar in achieving Vision 2030, and improving the overall performance of Saudi’s energy department, said Khalid Al-Falih, energy minister and chairman of King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE).

The National Project for Atomic Energy will expand and diversify the Kingdom’s sources of energy and provide for the desalinization of seawater. The program, Al-Falih said, will run in accordance with relevant international agreements and treaties.

Localizing Atomic and Renewable Energy Sector

A more diversified energy sector provides significant opportunities for Saudi citizens to gain knowledge and skills to meet the Kingdom’s growing labor market requirements.

At the same time, such a program will spur the nation’s “competency in uranium exploration, extraction and treatment, as well as operation, maintenance, and development of atomic energy facilities,” Al-Falih said.

The National Project for Atomic Energy is a product of KACARE’s active and ongoing work over the past seven years. To date, KACARE is developing mechanisms to replace 50 percent of the Kingdom’s reliance on traditional fossil fuel with eco-friendly atomic and renewable energy sources, collected from sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves and geothermal heat. Such an approach will completely revamp the Kingdom’s approach to energy.

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