Saudi to build 16 nuclear reactors: reports

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Saudi to build 16 nuclear reactors: reports

http://www.globalenergywatch.com/news/747/Saudi_to_build_16_nuclear_reactors:_reports.htm

Saudi to build 16 nuclear reactors: reports

RIYADH - OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia plans to build 16 civilian nuclear reactors in the next two decades at a cost of 300 billion riyals ($80 billion), an energy official was quoted as saying on Wednesday.

Newspapers cited Abdul Ghani Malibari, coordinator at the Saudi civilian nuclear agency, as saying the kingdom would launch an international tender for the reactors to be used in generating electricity and desalinating sea water.

"After 10 years we will have the first two reactors. After that, every year we will establish two, until we have 16 of them by 2030," he was quoted as saying at the Gulf Environment Forum in Jeddah on Tuesday.

Malibari said the reactors would cover about 20 percent of Saudi Arabia's electricity needs, adding that the kingdom would launch a 20-year plan this year to introduce renewable clean energy.

Saudi Arabia, the world's largest oil producer, is seeking to diversify its sources of energy for domestic use.

In February, it signed a cooperation agreement with France on peaceful nuclear energy development to help meet rising demand, having inked a similar deal with the United States in 2008.

It is also in talks with Moscow after the Saudi government authorised the head of the nuclear agency, the King Abdullah City for Nuclear and Renewable Energies, to draft a pact with Russia on nuclear cooperation.

So why would one of the most oil rich nations want to do this? Hmmmm
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Johnny Oxygen wrote: So why
Johnny Oxygen wrote:
So why would one of the most oil rich nations want to do this? Hmmmm

Abiotic uranium??

Good article JO - always makes you wonder what might really be going on under the surface. 

No surprise that the author didn't ask the deeper questions either, but instead focused on the "renewable, clean" angle.  

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Abiotic uranium

Abiotic uranium??

ROFLMAO

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Saudi must be incredibly

Saudi must be incredibly wasteful of electricity. If they use the latest French design of 1750MW plants, that means 17GW is 20%, so total load must be 85 GW. This is for a population of 25 million. The UK max consumption is around 60 GW for 60 million people.

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Electric energy consumption per capita by county
james_knight_chaucer wrote:

Saudi must be incredibly wasteful of electricity. If they use the latest French design of 1750MW plants, that means 17GW is 20%, so total load must be 85 GW. This is for a population of 25 million. The UK max consumption is around 60 GW for 60 million people.

Not sure how you got the numbers, but this "List of Countries by Electric Energy Consumption" at Wikipedia, shows Saudi Arabia and the UK about the same on per capita consumption.  The really interesting thing is the US is #9 and Iceland is #1.  You can click on the little buttons at the top of the table to sort by different columns.

Desalination takes a lot of power and perhaps the numbers are based on expected population growth in 2030 when the plants are to be completed.

 

 

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Abiotic uranium??

ROFLMAO

+1  Dogs, you made my day!

Mike

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Damnthematrix wrote: Johnny
Damnthematrix wrote:
Johnny Oxygen wrote:

Abiotic uranium??

ROFLMAO

+1  Dogs, you made my day!

Mike

 

Abiotic - The gift that keeps on giving...forever.

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