US engineering giant sees ‘tremendous opportunity’ in Saudi nuclear energy plans

“American businesses should be involved in Saudi Arabia’s plans to include nuclear power into its energy mix, according to a senior executive at engineering giant Bechtel” writes Saheli Roy Choudhury for It also aims to block the steps countries can take to move from nuclear fuel production to potential bomb-making applications.Riyadh has previously stated it wants to tap its own uranium resources for “self-sufficiency in producing nuclear fuel,” according to Reuters.Saudi Arabia has said it plans to construct 16 nuclear power reactors over the next 20 to 25 years, costing more than $80 billion.But the Saudi pursuit of nuclear energy has made many observers nervous.

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