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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

Senior Research Associate Noura’s previous postings include post-doctoral research fellow at the mechanical engineering department at MIT, manager of strategy and marketing at… Noura's previous postings include post-doctoral research fellow at the mechanical engineering department at MIT, manager of strategy and marketing at AREVA and research assistant at the Center for Global Energy Studies in London. She maintains a visiting scholar status at MIT and is also a World Energy Council Future Energy Leader. Noura has authored papers and studies on energy and transition paths to sustainable economies, energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions in the Saudi electricity sector, carbon capture and storage, solar photovoltaics, sustainable desalination systems, solar desalination and nuclear desalination in Saudi Arabia.  

Expertise

  • Clean energy transition
  • Energy technology innovation and renewables integration in the electricity grid

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The Saudi Nuclear Energy Project

The Saudi Nuclear Energy Project

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

March 25, 2020
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