Riyadh, Saudi Ara­bia

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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.

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