KACARE launches uranium program to train Saudis

The first batch of Saudi trainees on uranium exploration and mining. (SPA)
Updated 10 March 2019
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KACARE launches uranium program to train Saudis

  • The training program is in cooperation with the Jordanian Atomic Energy Commission and Jordanian Uranium Mining Co.
  • Preliminary studies have estimated Saudi Arabia has around 60,000 tons of uranium ore

RIYADH: King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE) has launched a program to develop national cadres under the umbrella of the Uranium Mining Project in central Jordan.

The program, which will last for a year, will be conducted in cooperation with the Jordanian Atomic Energy Commission and Jordanian Uranium Mining Co.

The first batch of Saudi trainees to Jordan includes 13 specialists with expertise in uranium exploration and mining. The specialists will train national cadres in the exploration of uranium ore, uranium oxide (yellowcake) production, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The Uranium Mining Project is one of the components of the National Atomic Energy Project in Saudi Arabia to provide the requirements for sustainable national development envisaged in the ambitious Saudi Vision 2030.

Dr. Khalid Al-Sultan, president of KACARE, highlighted the importance of exchanging knowledge and experience because of its positive impact in developing the skills of employees working in these fields.

Preliminary studies have estimated Saudi Arabia has around 60,000 tons of uranium ore, Maher Al-Odan, the chief atomic energy officer of KACARE, said at an electricity forum in Riyadh in Oct. 2017. 

With Saudi Arabia’s rapidly growing population placing increasing pressure on the country’s non-renewable hydrocarbon resources, the Kingdom is looking to alternative and sustainable sources of energy for power and production of desalinated water in a bid to reduce consumption of fossil fuel reserves. 

 

 


Saudi Arabia, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

Updated 23 May 2019
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Saudi Arabia, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

  • The Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamist group Hamas have called for an Arab boycott of the meeting
  • Saudi Arabia has assured Arab allies that it will not endorse any US plan that fails to meet key Palestinian demands

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia and the UAE will participate in a conference next month in Bahrain aimed at encouraging investment in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as part of US President Donald Trump’s long–awaited Israel–Palestine peace plan. 

The Peace to Prosperity conference, to be hosted on June 25–26 in cooperation with the US, has already been rebuffed by Palestinian officials and business leaders, who want their political demands met by any proposed solution to the conflict.

The Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamist group Hamas have called for an Arab boycott of the meeting.

The Saudi minister of economy and planning, Mohammed bin Majid Al–Tuwaijri, will attend, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said Abu Dhabi would also send a delegation.

The Palestinian Authority has boycotted American peace efforts since late 2017, when Trump decided to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognized the latter as the capital of Israel, reversing decades of US policy.

The Trump administration has sought to enlist support from Arab governments.

But Saudi Arabia has assured Arab allies that it will not endorse any US plan that fails to meet key Palestinian demands, which include affirming East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state, the right of return for refugees, and a freeze on Israeli settlement construction.