Japan offers help for Saudi Arabian nuclear power project

Saudi Arabia plans to build N-plants to counteract electricity shortages.

Riyadh: Japan proposed providing assistance to Saudi Arabia to help the country build nuclear power plants, Japanese officials have said.

Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Akihiro Ohata made the proposal in a meeting with Hashin bin Abdullah Yamani, chief of the Saudi government`s new energy organisation, the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable
Energy, officials said yesterday.

Saudi Arabia plans to build nuclear power plants to counteract possible electricity shortages stemming from population growth and to conserve crude oil resources.

Ohata proposed providing Riyadh with a range of assistance through such means as training Saudis in nuclear power generation technology and the compilation of necessary laws, they added.

Japan hopes such assistance will help Japanese companies win Saudi orders related to nuclear power plants.

Last October, the governments of Japan and Vietnam reached an agreement under which Hanoi will place an order for two nuclear reactors with Japanese companies.

The Japanese government and business community are asking the governments of Jordan and Turkey to place orders for Japanese-made nuclear reactors in a bid to boost the country`s nuclear reactor business overseas.

PTI

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