Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Nuclear plans: Saudi Arabia plans to extract its own uranium as part of plans for a selfsufficient nuclear power programme, an official has said. Reuters cited Hashim bin Abdullah Yamani, the head of the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy, as saying the country would soon pass laws for its nuclear programme and set up a nuclear regulator by the third quarter of next year. The kingdom will also award a construction contract for the country’s first two nuclear reactors, with an expected capacity of up to 2.8GW, by the end of 2018 and is reaching out to vendors in South Korea, China, France, Russia, Japan and the US. Nuclear reactors require uranium enriched to 5% purity, which is below weapons-grade levels.