Saudi minister announces first nuclear power station plans

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RIYADH — In a recent statement, Saudi Arabia's Minister of Energy, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, confirmed the kingdom’s plans to construct its inaugural nuclear power station, aiming to play a role in its national development.اضافة اعلان

During his address at the sixty-seventh General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria, the Saudi Minister underscored the kingdom's commitment to bolster international cooperation in harnessing atomic energy, Al Ghad reported.

He elaborated in his speech, stating, "The kingdom reiterates its support for enhancing global collaboration while ensuring the utmost standards of trust, transparency, and security in our national nuclear energy policies."

He went on to emphasize Saudi Arabia's belief in the positive impact of nuclear energy on energy security and its social and economic benefits. Consequently, the kingdom is actively engaged in advancing the peaceful applications of nuclear energy across various domains.

This includes its national nuclear energy initiative, including the groundbreaking construction of the kingdom's inaugural nuclear power station. This significant project is poised to meet the requirements of sustainable national development outlined in Vision 2030, aligning with both domestic needs and international obligations.

The Minister also announced Saudi Arabia's efforts to establish a regional cooperation center in collaboration with the agency. This center will focus on developing human capabilities in responding to nuclear and radiological emergencies.

He underscored the importance of concerted international endeavors to implement the provisions of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) to ensure its universal application. He also stressed the significance of addressing nuclear proliferation in the Middle East, calling for the full implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1995, aimed at creating a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the region, as reported by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

Additionally, the Saudi Minister of Energy pledged a contribution of two and a half million dollars to the "Hope Rays" initiative launched by the International Atomic Energy Agency. This initiative aims to save lives and combat the burdens of cancer using nuclear technology, as outlined by the Saudi agency.

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