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Abstract

Saudi Arabia’s nuclear energy program has been a subject of intense speculation recently, especially since the establishment of the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KA-CARE) by Royal Order No. A/90 in 2010.

In 2012, the government announced a new planned energy mix, including 12 nuclear reactors. This created a lot of interest from and aggressive competition among international energy companies that wanted to take part in the reactors’ development. These companies opened offices in the Kingdom and recruited locally to establish teams that could tender for this ambitious project. KA-CARE was clear that localization was a prerequisite for vendor selection.

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Noura Mansouri

Research Fellow Noura is a research fellow at KAPSARC, a research affiliate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and an expert… Noura is a research fellow at KAPSARC, a research affiliate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and an expert at the World Energy Council (WEC). She is the co-chair of T20 Italy’s Task Force 2 (TF2) on Climate Change, Sustainable Energy and Environment. She was the lead co-chair of T20 Saudi Arabia’s TF2 on Climate Change and Environment in 2020. Dr. Mansouri previously worked at Areva. She earned her MBA and Ph.D. degrees in sustainability and energy transitions from the University of London. She is the author of Greening the Black Gold: Saudi Arabia’s Quest for Clean Energy. She completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at MIT. She was a member of the Zayed Sustainability Prize Review Committee 2018 and the Selection Committee 2019-2021, and received the 2015 Women Excellence Leadership Award under the category "Rising Stars." She is a founder and board member of the Saudi Association for Energy Economics, and a board member of Women in Clean Energy.  

Expertise

  • Circular Carbon Economy
  • Nuclear Energy
  • Water-Energy Nexus
  • Climate Change
  • Energy Transition and G20

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Beyond Smart Meters

Beyond Smart Meters

Saudi Arabia’s nuclear energy program has been a subject of intense speculation recently, especially since…

11th July 2021
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