Saudi Arabia takes step toward civilian nuclear power

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Saudi Arabia will build a massive civilian nuclear power project in order to keep up with its gulf and regional neighbors. A Saturday royal decree for the King Abdullah City of Atomic and Renewable Energy will launch Saudi Arabia on a path to catch up with its neighbors and other civilian nuclear powers to help secure a future less dependant on oil and gas.

Dr. Hashem Yamani will serve as KACARE president and Dr. Walid Abu Al-Faraj will serve as vice president, reports the Saudi Gazette.

The Saudi Gazette also notes:

With its headquarters in Riyadh, the Atomic City is also tasked with drawing up a national policy on nuclear energy development and supervising all commercial use of nuclear power and handling of radioactive waste, and will be an independent legal entity under the administration of the prime minister. It will represent the Kingdom at the International Atomic Energy Agency and other relevant organizations.”