Rosatom shortlisted for next stage of bidding for Saudi’s first nuclear project

Firm says it will offer an integrated package to help manage and run the plant post construction

Russia’s Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation has advanced to the next stage of competitive bidding on the Kingdom’s first nuclear power project according to a report from The Saudi Gazette. The report cited the Kingdom’s nuclear authority, the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KA-CARE).

Rosatom plans to outfit the Saudi nuclear power project (NPP) with the world’s first operational Generation 3+ reactor technology, known as the VVER-1200. The reactor is said to feature the most advanced safety systems and fully complies with international safety and security standards.

The report stated that Rosatom currently holds the lead in implementing NPP projects globally, with 35 units under construction in 11 countries outside of its home market of Russia. The firm says it will use its experience to build the first Saudi NPP to the highest quality and safety standards and use its experience to ensure that the plant operates smoothly throughout its operational life.

As part of its package, the firm says it will also supply the Saudi nuclear power project with nuclear fuel throughout its operational lifetime and will assist with training personnel, developing regulatory framework, establishing nuclear infrastructure, in addition to growing public acceptance of nuclear power.

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